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Nine Super Bowl player and coach Dan Reeves dies at 77 – ProFootballTalk

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Dan Reeves, an NFL player, assistant coach and head coach who retired after participating in a then-record nine Super Bowls, has died at the age of 77.

A quarterback in South Carolina who is better known for his running ability than his passing, Reeves signed with the Cowboys in 1965 as an undrafted free agent and was initially expected to make rosters on defense and special teams. Was told to try, but when the Cowboys were hurt at the halfback and decided to give Reeves a try in position, he flourished.

Reeves’ best season as a player came in 1966, when he led the NFL with 16 touchdowns. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, Reeves had 1,990 rushing yards and 1,693 receiving yards, and made a total of 42 touchdowns. He played in two Super Bowls, helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI. He then joined the Cowboys’ coaching staff as an assistant to Tom Landry, where he coached three more Super Bowls.

In 1981, the Broncos hired Reeves as their head coach, making him the youngest head coach in the NFL at the time. In 1983, the Broncos acquired John Elway, and Reeves and Elway joined the Super Bowl together after the 1986, 1987, and 1989 seasons. But after all three of them lost the Super Bowl, personal differences began to arise between Reeves and Elway, and Reeves was fired in 1992 after an 8–8 season.

Reeves spent the next four years coaching the Giants, and was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 1993, but the Giants declined and was fired again after the 1996 season. The Falcons hired him in 1997, and in 1998, the Falcons had one of the most unexpected Super Bowl appearances in NFL history, winning the NFC Championship Game and facing Elway and the Broncos in the Super Bowl, where the Reeves Falcons lost. .

That was Reeves’ ninth and final Super Bowl appearance, setting a new NFL record for most combined appearances by a single player or coach. (That total has been surpassed by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.)

Reeves’ family issued a statement saying he died peacefully surrounded by loved ones after a long illness.

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