Reaction to the death of longtime NFL coach and player Dan Reeves:
‘Legendary NFL player and coach Dan Reeves died, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at his home in Atlanta, GA, early this morning at the age of 77 due to complications from dementia. His legacy will continue through his many friends, players and fans as well as the rest of the NFL community. ‘ – Reeves Family Statement.
‘Dan was a winner. I owe him a lot – he was instrumental in my career and growth as a quarterback. We were able to win a lot of football matches together, go to three Super Bowls and compete every single year at a high level. With Dan, you knew you wanted to be in every fight. You always had a chance with him on your sideline. As head coach, Dan was tough but fair. I respected him for that. We may not have always seen eye to eye, but the bottom line is that we won many matches together. Looking back, what I appreciate about Dan is how he gradually took me along to help me reach my potential. ‘ – Former Broncos quarterback John Elway, now the team’s head of football operations.
‘Dan Reeves had a legendary NFL career as both a player and a coach. He left an indelible mark on the league and all the people he played with, trained and worked with. He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever been to in this business. ‘ – New York Giants co-owner and CEO John Mara.
‘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 decades speaks for itself and marks a long and successful life and career in football. ‘ – Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
‘He taught us how to be men. When I first got there, we always used to stay in hotels (the night before home games). He said to us, ‘You are grown men, you should know what to do to take care of yourself.’ So when he got there, we lived in our own place, our own house. ‘ – Former fighter running back Rodney Hampton.
‘My guy! I will miss DR, a first class man and an excellent coach. My thoughts and prayers go out to Pam, his family. A family man first. Respect and love, RIP Coach Reeves! ‘ – Former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson.
‘I’m sorry to hear about my beloved coach Dan Reeves’ passing. He was an amazing husband, father and mentor to so many. I loved him like a father and he will really be missed. My prayers are with his family at this time. Love you, coach. ‘ – Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
‘A 2014 Broncos Ring of Fame inducted, Reeves led the Broncos as head coach from 1981-92 and was instrumental in making the franchise a multi-year candidate. With competitiveness, consistency and a style all his own, he guided the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances, five AFC West titles and six playoff spots. … Reeves trained the Broncos with integrity, character and toughness along with the sincere appreciation of his players and coaches. ‘ – Denver Broncos statement.
– Sad to hear about Dan Reeves’ passing. Fantastic career in professional football. So happy to have gotten to know him here in Atlanta and so grateful for how sweet he always was to my boys when we saw him Saturday morning get bagels. ‘ – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
‘When you look at everything Dan did in this league with all that success, all the Super Bowls and all the victories, I do not think there is any doubt that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What he has been able to do – take two different teams to four Super Bowls and go to nine Super Bowls in total – is incredible. It speaks to how far-reaching his influence was throughout this league, not only as a coach but also what he did as a player. ‘ – Elway.
– When we came in, we heard a lot about Dan Reeves, like he was a tough coach, and that and that. Then he got there and he was completely different. He was a player-coach. He was amazing. He took care of me. He would understand that I can not lift all weights and I can not handle all that running in practice. He would always say, ‘Hi, you’re doing what you have to do on Sunday, and I’ll take care of you during the week.’ ‘- Hampton.
‘Dan Reeves was an amazing person! Loved him and miss him already. ‘ – Longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips, who succeeded Reeves as coach of the Broncos and served as interim coach after Reeves was fired in Atlanta.
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