Dan Reeves, former coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, has died at 77

Former coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos Dan Reeves died on Saturday from complications related to dementia. He was 77 years old.

Reeves’ family released a statement via former Falcons media relations director Aaron Salkin.

“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,”The statement was read. “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 following is an extract from the NFLReeves is also the only person to appear in multiple Super Bowls as both player and coach.

Dan Reeves

In his early career in football, Reeves spent eight seasons as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys as a protégé of legendary NFL coach Tom Landry. Two of those seasons saw Reeves reach the Super Bowl, and in 1971 the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins. Reeves was a runner for 1,990 yards with 25 touchdowns and also caught 129 passes, for 1,693 yards.

Reeves was appointed head coach of Denver Broncos in 1981. He remained there for 11 seasons, before moving on to the New York Giants or Atlanta Falcons. Reeves was a head coach for 23 seasons.

“Reeves finished 190-165-2 in his 23 seasons as a head coach, and his 190 wins are the 10th most in NFL history,” CBS Sports wrote. “He won the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award twice (1993, 1998), was the third head coach to take three different teams to the playoffs, and was just one of seven head coaches to take two different franchises to the Super Bowl.”

Arthur Blank, Falcons chairman and owner, said in a statement The team released the following:, “Dan Reeves leaves a lasting legacy in our game as a player and coach. His track record of success in Dallas, Denver, New York and Atlanta over several decades speaks for itself, marking a long and successful life and career in football. On behalf of the Atlanta Falcons I extend our condolences to Dan’s family and friends as they mourn his passing.”

Reeves was awarded the Associated Press NFL Coaching of the Year award in 1993 and 1998. In 2014, he was inducted into The Broncos Ring of Fame.

Dan Reeves

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