Dan Reeves to be the honorary captain before Panthers’ home game against Shaw

Published 12:44 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2018

AMERICUS – Legendary former Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos Head Coach Dan Reeves will be the honorary captain and will do the coin toss before the Americus-Sumter Panthers take on Shaw Friday night, September 14, at Alton Shell Stadium.

According to Wikipedia, Reeves, an Americus native, played football, baseball and basketball for Americus High School in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. He suffered a broken collar bone during his senior year in 1961. As a result, only the University of South Carolina was interested in offering him a football scholarship. Interest from other schools came later after he won the MVP trophy at the Georgia High School Football All-Star Game. However, he stuck with his original commitment to play for the Gamecocks. Reeves was also selected to the All-State Basketball Team in 1961.

Reeves was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Gamecocks from 1962-1964. During that period, he set 10 school records. Even though South Carolina lost to Nebraska 28-6 in 1964, Reeves passed for 348 yards in that game. He left Columbia as the leading passer in Gamecock history, accumulating 2,561 yards passing. He scored 16 touchdowns and had three games with 100 yards rushing.

Reeves went on to play in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and head Coach Tom Landry

From 1965-1972. He was an assistant coach with the Cowboys in 1972, and then from 1974-1980.

His first head coaching job in the NFL was with the Denver Broncos from 1981-1992. He guided the Broncos to four Super Bowls. He then became the head coach of the New York Giants from 1993-1996. In 1997, he left New York to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1997-2003. In 1998, he led the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII, in which they lost to the team Reeves once Coached, the Denver Broncos, 34-19.

Reeves was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year both in 1993 and 1998.