Broncos Country and the NFL community mourn the loss of another legend. Former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves passed away on New Year’s Day. His passing brought a natural reflection into the impact Reeves had on the NFL.
Reeves’ career as a player, assistant, and head coach in the NFL lasted nearly four decades.
As the head man in Denver, Reeves would lead the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances in a four-season span. During his 12-year run with the team, Reeves coached the Broncos to 112 victories and an impressive .601 winning percentage per Pro Football Reference.
Reeves would go on to win 190 games over 23 seasons as head coach of the Broncos, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons, ranking 10th all-time.
As many in the NFL community reflect on Reeve’s impact on the NFL, a case for his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame grows stronger.
“Reeves deserves a bust in Canton,” NBC Sports’ Peter King argued. “He should be enshrined for Contributions to Pro Football. A man who was the biggest offensive weapon on the first great Dallas team, who threw a touchdown pass in the Ice Bowl, who was a gritty piece of the Cowboys at the birth of America’s team, who was a key offensive assistant on seven Dallas teams in the seventies, who coached the Broncos to three AFC titles in four seasons, who won Coach of the Year with three different franchises, who won more games than all but eight coaches in NFL history.”
Reeves’s contributions to the NFL as a player and coach left an enormous impact. His legacy is so vivid, the history of the NFL cannot be written without his name etched throughout.
Participating in almost 20 percent of the 52 Super Bowls to date is no small feat.
Former NFL player and head coach Dan Reeves, who during his 38 years in the league participated in nine Super Bowls, the third most for an individual, has passed away. Reeves was 77. pic.twitter.com/njjJ3Gqo7z
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2022
King is not the only prominent voice calling for Reeves’ family to accept his Pro Football Hall of Fame invitation.
Dan Reeves was one of the nicest people in football. A Hall of Fame person who also happened to be a Hall of Famer in the sport. I am sad he is gone before he (hopefully) gets a bust in Canton. https://t.co/aXevTmUJvs
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) January 1, 2022
Reeve’s accomplishments grab the attention of some of the most respected individuals the NFL community has to offer.
Only Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have participated in more Super Bowls than Dan Reeves. Can’t believe he’s not in the Hall of Fame https://t.co/5uySioYZiZ
— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 1, 2022
“The football world lost a heckuva coach and man today in Dan Reeves,” Said Elway in a statement following the loss of his former coach. “Dan was a winner. I owe a lot to him — he was instrumental in my career and growth as a quarterback. We were able to win a lot of football games together, going to three Super Bowls and competing every single year at a high level.
Dan Reeves was my first NFL coach. He believed in me when no one else did, liked me so much that he forgot to cut me & created a position for me just so I can stay on the team. This one really hurts.
My thoughts & prayers go out to his family. Rest well, coach 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/NtSSbWKtRj
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 3, 2022
I’m saddened to hear about the passing of my beloved Coach Dan Reeves. He was a great husband, father and mentor to so many. I loved him like a father and he will truly be missed. My prayers are with his family during this time. Love you, Coach. pic.twitter.com/LBUmhqySDE
— Michael Vick (@MichaelVick) January 1, 2022
Reeves also coached players like Phil Simms and Lawernce Taylor at the end of their careers. Not only did Reeves get the most out of his players regardless of their status, but he appreciated them as people.
Dan Reeves was a leader of men; truly a Hall of Fame coach. I had one great year with him with the @Giants and will remember forever our many conversations over the years since. pic.twitter.com/gEjGjPyRqK
— Phil Simms (@PhilSimmsQB) January 2, 2022