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Dan Reeves should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That’s the story.
The man went to nine Super Bowls in his 39 years in the NFL. He played in two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, was an assistant coach in three Super Bowls, and head coach in four. Three with the Denver Broncos in four years. Yes, John Elway gets most of the credit for that astounding feat, but Reeves was the head coach. And if Marv Levy is in the Hall of Fame for those incredible Buffalo Bills teams four-straight Super Bowls... Reeves obviously doesn’t get the credit he rightfully deserves. Only Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have appeared in more Super Bowls than Reeves.
As Jeff Legwold highlights in his story, Reeves won 10 or more games nine times. He won 12 games three times. He was Coach of the Year twice, won six division titles and despite his four losses in Super Bowls, he had an 11-9 record in the playoffs.
In NFL history, Reeves is one of nine coaches with at least 200 total wins, including the postseason. He was 201-174-2. In terms of regular-season wins, Reeves is one of 10 coaches to win at least 190 games.
There’s a lot of consternation when it comes to Reeves and his time with the Broncos. And rightfully so. But at the same time, he helped usher in the success that came to define a franchise. And by all accounts, he was a great man.
Hopefully, in time, Reeves gets the recognition he deserves and finds his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Rest easy, Coach Reeves. And thank you for all you brought to Broncos Country.
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