Biography: Dan Reeves, Head Coach

Dan Reeves
Former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves speaks after bring inducted into the Broncos ring of honor at half time of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Dan Reeves became the first head coach to be elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame when he was chosen along with Gene Mingo and Rick Upchurch in 2014.

Reeves coached the Broncos from 1981-92 and compiled a 110-73-1 (.600) record in his 12 seasons while leading the team to a franchise-best five division titles (1984, ’86- 87, ’89, ’91) and three Super Bowl appearances (1986-87, ’89). His 110 regular-season wins and seven playoff victories each rank second in Broncos history behind former Head Coach Mike Shanahan (138 reg. season/8 postseason).

Hired by the Broncos on March 10, 1981, Reeves made six postseason appearances with Denver and finished with a losing record on just two occasions – one of which was the strike-shortened 1982 season. The pinnacle of his coaching career with the Broncos came in the late 1980s when he led the Broncos to the Super Bowl three times in a four-year span (1986-87, ’89).

Including his NFL tenure as a player with Dallas (1965-72) and coaching stops with the Cowboys (1972, ’74-80), New York Giants (1993-96) and Atlanta Falcons (1997-2003), Reeves owns the distinction of participating in more Super Bowls (9) than any individual in NFL history. His most recent championship appearance was during the 1998 season when he led the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII against the Broncos to become just the third head coach at the time to lead multiple teams to the Super Bowl.

In 23 seasons as an NFL head coach, including his 12 years with Denver, Reeves posted a 190-165-2 (.535) regular-season record and an 11-9 (.550) postseason mark. His 190 regular-season wins and 201 overall victories each rank ninth in league history while his four Super Bowl appearances are tied for fourth in league annals among head coaches.

A quarterback at the University of South Carolina, Reeves signed with the Cowboys in 1965 and totaled 535 rushes for 1,990 yards (3.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns as a running back during his eight-year professional playing career.