Former Gators All-SEC QB John Reaves dies at 67

Former Gators All-SEC QB John Reaves dies at 67

Former Gators All-SEC QB John Reaves dies at 67

UF record-setting quarterback John Reaves was found dead at his home Tuesday in Tampa. The Vikings put him in the Hazelden Clinic in 1980, and for the next two decades Reaves lived a life of sobriety while becoming the No. 2 all-time passing leader in the USFL and then coaching eight years in the Southeastern Conference at Florida (1990-94) and SC (1995-97).

According to a death investigator for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner, Reaves' son, David, last heard from Mr.

During his first game for Florida in 1969, Mr. Reaves threw for 10,011 yards and 62 touchdowns during those three seasons with Tampa Bay, leading to his enshrinement as a "key player" on the USFL website.

Reaves played at Florida from 1969-1971 and broke the passing records held by Steve Spurrier. He threw for 7,581 yards over his career in Gainesville, which at the time was a record.

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He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1975 to 1978, the Minnesota Vikings from 1979 to 1980, the Houston Oilers in 1981 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the N.F.L. players' strike in 1987. But when Dickey took over in 1970, the Gators became more of a running team, and as prolific as Reaves was with the Gators, longtime UF observers wonder about the numbers he could've put up had Graves remained coach.

Reaves dealt with dependency for most of his 11-year career as an National Football League journeyman, a run that began as a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972.

But his most memorable moment came in the 1971 season finale against Miami, the game best known for the Gator Flop.

The Gators got the ball back and Reaves completed a pass to Alvaraez for the record on the game's final play.

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He became the No. 2 passing leader in the short-lived United States Football League in the 1980s and then coached eight years in the Southeastern Conference at Florida (1990 to 1994) and the University of SC (1995 to 1997).

Reaves battled alcohol and drug addiction during his life and was in real estate at the time of his death. And years after that original controversy, he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of cocaine and introducing contraband into a detention facility in 2008 before entering a substance abuse program in 2009.

"He was as good a pure, drop-back passer as I've ever coached".

"John was a heckuva football mind", said Pough. His daughter, Layla, previously was married to Lane Kiffin.

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