Dan Reeves, who led the Giants to the playoffs and participated in nine Super Bowls as a player and coach, died at his home in Atlanta after complications from a long illness, his family announced Saturday. Reeves was 77.
A football lifer, Reeves spent eight seasons from 1965-72 as a running back with the Cowboys, leading the league in total touchdowns rushing and receiving in 1966 and winning Super Bowl VI in 1972.
“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 statement read.
Reeves was hired by the Giants prior to the 1993 season and led the team to an 11-5 record, which remains the best-ever record for a first-year head coach in franchise history. It also won him the AP Coach of the Year Award.
In 1994, Reeve’s Giants finished at 9-7. They continued to slide in 1995 and 1996, finishing with records of 5-11 and 6-10, respectively.
The Giants fired Reeves at the conclusion of the ’96 season.
Reeves engineered a trade that brought Michael Vick to the Falcons and remained as coach until the 2003 season, when he was fired after the team won just three of its first 13 games.
He ended his coaching career with a record of 190-165-2.
Reeves remained in Atlanta after his retirement, most notably serving as an adviser to Georgia State when it launched a football program that now plays in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Professional Football Researchers Association named Reeves to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2017.