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KITTI'S KORNER: Dan Reeves 1965-1972


dan reeves grew up in rome and americus georgia and graduated from americus high school where he was a stand out athlete. reeve starred in football basketball and baseball during his prep career. unfortunately a broken collarbone caused him to miss the final four games of his senior year as the americus quarterback. as a result only the university of south carolina offered dan a scholarship after the season. the injury didnt keep the young reeve down for long he recovered in time to to earn all state basketball honors that year. he also won mvp honors at the georgia high school all star football game and belated offers to play football from several big name schools which he turned down to keep his commitment to the gamecocks.

dan became the starting quarterback during his sophomore year twice he earned second team all conference honors. as a quarterback dan was more of a runner than a passer but he still managed to set 10 south carolina passing records including a career record of 2561 yards passing. reeves scored 16 touchdowns rushing and had three 100 yard games as a ball carrier as well. in addition to his gridiron success dan was a stellar right fielder for the gamecock baseball tteam good enough in fact to earn the attention of mlb scouts. in 1977 dan reeves was inducted into the university of south carolinas athletic hall of fame.

although he went undrafted dan reeves had offers from the dallas cowboys in the nfl the san diego chargers in the afl and he also had the opportunity to play professional baseball in the pittsburgh pirates organization. reeves chose to sign with the cowboys to play safety. as series of injuries during training camp caused a change in plans for the team. dan reeves was moved to halfback due to his success in carolina. during his rookie year he saw action primarily as a special teams player. that changed in 1966. looking for speed in his backfield tom landry moved mel renfro to the offensive side of the ball but an opening game injury put a halt to that plan. reeves seized the opportunity he was given and had a breakout second season. that year he rushed for 757 yards to lead the team and added another 757 yards recieving second on the team. he was also second on the team in scoring with 96 points. his combined yardage was good enough to rank sixth in the league and his 16 touchdowns were a franchise record. dan reeves was named all pro for his efforts. he was also a vital part of the cowboys run to their first appearance in the nfl championship. for 1967 reeves backed up his breakout year with another season over 600 yards. he finished the year second on the team in rushing. he added almost 500 more yards recieving. during a week 13 match up with the philadelphia eaglesdan reeves scored a touchdown rushing a second recieving and also threw a touchdown pass all in the same game. he also turned in a four touchdown game against the atlanta falcons.

four weeks into the 1968 season reeves suffered a career altering injury. a torn ended his season and it would hamper his play throughout the remainder of his playing career. the man who for the first part of his career was a multi purpose threat and a consistant playmaker was now limited to being a role player behind calvin hill and duane thomas. he became a player coach at landrys request. reeves continued in this positionuntil he retired at the end of the 1972 season to become a full time coach.

as a coach with the dallas cowboys dan reeves played a key role in the teams success during the 1970s. when you add his playing and coaching experience together dan is part of an elite group of dallas cowboys those who were participants in the teams five super bowl appearances in that decade. he remained as one of landrys assistants through the 1980 season. for the 1981 season dan reeves was named as the head coach of the denver broncos. he remained in that position for twelve seasons guiding the broncos to six post season appearances including 5 afc west titles 3 afc championships and three trips to the super bowl. in 1992 dan was fired and replaced by his friend and protoge wade phillips. in 1993 reeves was hired to be the head coach of the new york giants. following his time in new york dan was named head coach of the atlanta falcons. his efforts steadily improved the team and dan made his fourth super bowl appearance as a head coach in 1998. three games into the 2003 season dan reeves was released from his contract by the falcons once again to be replaced by wade phillip.

in 2009 dan reeves attempted to return to the cowboys. in february of that year he became consultant to the team working for wade phillips. unfortunately his tenure lasted just two days. he was unable to come to terms with the team about his role in the organization so dan reeves turned in his office keys and moved on. it was soon revealed that the cowboys front office had insulted reeves in making demands for him to work a specific number of hours during the week.

over the course of his career dan reeve experienced success at every level. as a player he reached the nfl championship game twice and also appeared in two super bowls winning once. following his retirement he appeared in the game three more times earning a second ring in super bowl xii. once he moved on from the dallas organizations to become a head coach dan made four more trips to the super bowl. he became one of a select group of head coaches to take two franchises to the ultimate game. his career record stands at 201 174 2. in recent years reeve has remained active in the game. he played a key role in helping georgia state reestablish its football program. he has also recently interviewed for the offensive coordinator job in san francisco and also was highly interested in a position on chan gaileys staff in buffalo. currently he is working as an analyst for the westwood one radio network covering nfl games.

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