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Dan Reeves, Former NFL Coach, Dies at 77

by Madison Miller
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An influential former NFL player and head coach, Dan Reeves, has passed away at the age of 77. He had participated in nine different Super Bowls during his long career. Most people likely remember him as the coach to the Broncos and influential quarterback John Elway.

His family released a statement to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo regarding his death. Different complications related to his long illness are cited as the cause of death.

“Legendary NFL player and coach Dan Reeves passed away early this morning, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at his home in Atlanta, GA. He passed away at age 77 due to complications from a long illness. His legacy will continue through his many friends, players, and fans as well as the rest of the NFL community. Arrangements are still to be determined,” the family shared.

Dan Reeves had a long and expansive career in the football world. It included 38 years as a player and a coach. He started out as a running back with the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons. He went to two Super Bowls as a Cowboy. Reeves was a part of the 1971 winning season, which was his second-to-last as a player on the field.

Dan Reeves Expansive NFL Career

He stuck with the Cowboys and became an assistant coach after. He took part in three Super Bowls, including one victory.

From there, he moved on to be a head coach for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and the Atlanta Falcons.

As a head coach for 23 seasons, he had quite a distinguished career. On two separate occasions, he got the notable title AP NFL Coach of the Year both in 1993 and in 1998. He’s most remembered as a coach to the Broncos. He stuck with them for 12 seasons from 1981 to 1992. He led them to three Super Bowl performances. His last season was with the Falcons in 2003, which was when he retired.

The Denver Broncos posted about his passing on social media. The team wrote, “We’re saddened by the passing of Ring of Fame Head Coach Dan Reeves, who led us to three Super Bowl appearances. We send our sincerest condolences to his family.”

For many people, Dan Reeves is a reminder of a lot of epic moments in the NFL. One person commented, “I remember the Cleveland Browns playoff game, one of my favorite memories.”

Sadly, Dan Reeves died only three weeks before his 78th birthday. He will forever be remembered for helping to craft one of the most successful chapters of Broncos history. His nearly four decades will go down in history.