Dan Reeves passes away

01/01/2022

Dan Reeves was an American football player and head coach in the National Football League. He died on January 1st, 2022, aged 77. He leaves a legacy career of 38 years.

The Dallas Cowboys signed Reeves as an undrafted free agent in 1965 and was coached under legendary head coach Tom Landry. Reeves' big break came in 1966 when he changed position from defense secondary to running back. His performance helped the Cowboys reach their first championship game. In the 1971 season, Reeves and other players such as Roger Staubach, Duane Thomas, Calvin Hill, and Mike Ditka won their first Super Bowl over the Miami Dolphins, 24-3, at the Miami Orange Bowl.

Reeves only spent eight seasons as a player and transitioned as an assistant coach. He was part of the Cowboys' second Super Bowl in the 1976 season, winning Super Bowl XII over the Denver Broncos.

In 1981, Reeves joined the Denver Broncos as vice president and head coach. He was responsible for acquiring John Elway in trade and led three Super Bowl appearances. However, Reeves was fired after the 1992 season due to turmoil and differences.

In 1992, Reeves joined the New York Giants, replacing head coach Ray Handley. He did improve the team in 1993 to an 11-5 record but lost the division series to the San Francisco 49ers 44-3. The following two seasons were a disaster and led to another firing.

In 1997, Reeves was hired as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He became the third coach (after Bill Parcells and Chuck Knox) to lead three different organizations to the playoffs. Reeves led the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII. During the Super Bowl, too much attention was directed towards Reeves, John Elway, and Mike Shanahan (the offensive coordinator under Reeves in Denver). The Broncos would win the Super Bowl 34-19.

Dan Reeves is ranked 9th in all-time NFL career wins with 190. He is tied 8th with 11 playoff wins alongside Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll, Marv Levy, and current head coach John Harbaugh. Reeves is a 2-time NFL Coach of the Year and is in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.

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