Legendary NFL coach Dan Reeves dies at age 77

The NFL community lost legendary football coach Dan Reeves, who died Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia of complications from a long illness, according to his family, the Washington Examiner reports. 

“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,” Reeves’s family said in a statement. “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.”

Reeves played, then coached in the NFL for nearly four decades, taking teams to the Super Bowl nine times, and winning twice. He retired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2003, but was involved in broadcasting and consulting for the league.

Reeves’ career

Reeves started his NFL career playing for the Dallas Cowboys and helped them win two Super Bowls during his stint with the team.

He later became an assistant coach for the Cowboys and went on to be the head coach of the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos before ending his career with the Falcons.

Both the Falcons and the Broncos honored Reeves for his contributions to their teams before he died.

“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,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “On behalf of the Atlanta Falcons, I extend our condolences to Dan’s family and friends as they mourn his passing.”

“We’re saddened by the passing of Ring of Fame Head Coach Dan Reeves, who led us to three Super Bowl appearances,” the Broncos said in a statement. “We send our sincerest condolences to his family.”

Reeves’ death follows Madden

Reeves’ death follows by only days after the death of another legendary NFL coach, John Madden, who died unexpectedly on Dec. 30 at age 85.

Not only did Madden win a Super Bowl while coaching the Oakland Raiders in 1977, but he also became a famous broadcaster and created a media brand that included movie appearances, books, and the famous Madden series of football video games.

Madden was known as the best football teacher on the planet — both for his coaching career, and for his time in broadcasting.

Tributes from players, coaches, and broadcast veterans poured in after the announcement of his death.

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