Dan Reeves

Daniel Edward Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football running back and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, Reeves participated in a combined nine Super Bowls as player and coach, the second-most in league history behind Bill Belichick's eleven. He served as a head coach for 23 seasons, primarily with the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. As a player, he spent the entirety of his eight-season career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Reeves made his first two Super Bowl appearances during his playing career, winning one in VI. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Cowboys, where he made three more championship appearances and was part of the team that won XII. As the head coach of the Broncos for 12 seasons, Reeves led the team to three Super Bowls in XXI, XXII, and XXIV, each of which ended in defeat. Following four seasons as the head coach of the New York Giants, Reeves served as the Falcons' head coach for seven seasons. With the Falcons, he led the franchise to their first championship appearance in XXXIII, in which he was defeated by his former team, the Broncos.

As a head coach, Reeves is only one of six to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl appearance, and has the most Super Bowl appearances without a victory at four, along with Bud Grant and Marv Levy. He is also tied with Jeff Fisher for the NFL record of most regular-season losses as a head coach at 165, although both have overall winning records.

Dan Reeves
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Reeves in 2014.
No. 30
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:January 19, 1944 (age 75)
Rome, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Americus (GA)
College:South Carolina
Undrafted:1965
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:190–165–2
Postseason:11–9
Career:201–174–2
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

Born in Rome, Georgia, Reeves grew up in Americus, Georgia. He attended Americus High School, where he participated in football, baseball and basketball.

After he missed four games with a broken collarbone during his senior season, only the University of South Carolina was interested enough to offer him a football scholarship. The interest from other schools came later, when he won the MVP trophy at the Georgia High School football All-star game, but he decided to stay with his first choice. He also was selected to the All-state basketball team in 1961.

College career

Reeves played college football at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback from 1962 through 1964. He became the starting quarterback during his sophomore year in 1962 and was named second-team All-conference after his junior and senior years.

Reeves was more comfortable running than throwing, but was effective enough to set 10 school records and in 1964 against a strong Nebraska team, champion of the Big Eight, he passed for 348 yards in a 28–6 loss in Lincoln.

Even though he only compiled an 8–21–4 (.303) record, he ended his college career as the leading passer in Gamecock history, accumulating 2,561 yards passing, to go along with 16 touchdowns and 3 games with 100-yards rushing.

Reeves also became a very good baseball prospect as a right fielder for the Gamecocks.

In 1977, he was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[2] In 2006, he was inducted into the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Although he went undrafted after graduation, he received professional sports offers from the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL), the San Diego Chargers in the American Football League (AFL) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball.

Reeves signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1965 to play the safety position, but was later moved to halfback, after a series of injuries depleted the team's depth during training camp. His rookie year was spent mostly on the kickoff and punt units.

In 1966, Tom Landry looking for more speed at running back, shifted All-Pro safety Mel Renfro to offense. Renfro was hurt in the opening game against the New York Giants, and Reeves took advantage of his opportunity by having a break out season leading the team in rushing with 757 yards and in scoring with 96 points, while finishing second in receiving with 557 yards. His performance helped the Cowboys take some of the running load from fullback Don Perkins and reach its first championship game. Reeves set a franchise record with 16 touchdowns (8 rushing and 8 receiving), had over 1,300 all-purpose yards, was sixth in the NFL in rushing, first in touchdowns and sixth in scoring. He was also voted to The Sporting News All-Pro team at the end of the year.

In 1967, he posted back-to-back seasons with more than 600 rushing yards, ranking second on the team in rushing with 603 yards and third in receiving with 490 yards. In the week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons, he set a franchise record after scoring 4 touchdowns. In the week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he scored touchdowns running, receiving, and passing in the same game.

During the first half of his NFL career, he became a multi-talented running back and displayed the ability to consistently make big plays. He remained a starter until the week 4 of the 1968 season, when he tore ligaments in his right knee and was lost for the season.

The injury ended up hampering him for the remainder of his career and limiting his abilities. Head coach Tom Landry started playing him in spots and asked him to become a player-coach, while being passed on the depth chart by Calvin Hill and Duane Thomas. He remained in that role for three years, until the end of the 1972 season when he retired to become a full-time assistant coach.[3]

Reeves played eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, collected 1,990 rushing yards, 1,693 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns.[4] The Cowboys made the playoffs every year, reaching the Super Bowl twice and culminating in a 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI following the 1971 season. In Super Bowl V with the Cowboys and Colts tied at 13 in the last 2 minutes, he let a pass go through his hands that was intercepted, setting up the Colts in Dallas territory. The Colts won the game on a 32-yard field goal from Jim O'Brien with five seconds left. He threw a touchdown pass in the Cowboys' losing effort in the legendary subzero Ice Bowl against the Green Bay Packers for the 1967 NFL title.[5]

In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Reeves, a protégé of Tom Landry, became the youngest head coach in the NFL when he joined the Denver Broncos in 1981 as vice president and head coach. After acquiring quarterback John Elway in a trade, Reeves guided the Broncos to six post-season appearances, five divisional titles, three AFC championships and three Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXIV) during his 12-year tenure. He was the only AFC coach in the decade of the 1980s to lead his team to consecutive Super Bowl berths, and furthermore his Broncos appeared in the Super Bowl three times during a span of four years.[6] Reeves was fired after the 1992 season[7] and replaced by his protégé and friend Wade Phillips, who was previously the Broncos' defensive coordinator.

Reeves served as New York Giants head coach from 1993–1996. In his first season, he led the Giants to an 11–5 record and a berth in the playoffs. Reeves's 1993 season record is the best ever for a first-year Giants coach, and he was named the 1993 Associated Press Coach of the Year after helping the Giants improve from a 6–10 record in 1992. Reeves was fired again after the Giants went 5–11 in 1995 and 6–10 in 1996.

In 1997, Reeves was named the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Under his command the team, which had finished the 1997 campaign with a 3–13 record, steadily improved. After going 7–9 his first season, Reeves took Atlanta to the greatest season in franchise history.

The Falcons went 14–2 in 1998, going on to capture their first NFC championship. Reeves coached the Falcons to a 12–2 record before being hospitalized for the final two regular season games to undergo quadruple-bypass heart surgery in December. Reeves managed to return to the sidelines just three weeks later to lead the Falcons to victory in their first NFC Championship. During Super Bowl XXXIII, Reeves' Falcons were pitched against his former team, the defending champions Denver Broncos whose quarterback Elway was in his final season; the Falcons lost 34-19. In the process, Reeves earned the NFL's top coaching awards as he was named the 1998 NFL Coach of the Year.

In 2003, after winning just 3 of the first 13 games, Reeves asked to be released and the Falcons replaced him with Wade Phillips as interim coach for three games, making it the second time for Reeves to be succeeded by Phillips as an NFL head coach.

In January 2009, Reeves interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers for their offensive coordinator job.[8]

After negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys (which, coincidentally, had Phillips as their head coach), Reeves became a consultant for the team in February 2009. This role was short-lived, however, as it only lasted two days before Reeves turned in the keys to his office and left. Reeves and the Cowboys could apparently not reach conclusions as to Reeves' role with the team. In the days following, it was revealed that the dispute came down to a contract clause specifying a number of hours per week to be worked, which Reeves deemed insulting.[9]

Reeves was reportedly interested in returning to coaching for the 2010 season as a part of Chan Gailey's staff with the Buffalo Bills.[10]

In 2007, Reeves had an active role in the starting of the Georgia State University's football program.

In 2017, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Reeves to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2017 [11]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DEN 1981 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC West
DEN 1982 2 7 0 .222 5th in AFC West
DEN 1983 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Seattle Seahawks in AFC Wild Card Game.
DEN 1984 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
DEN 1985 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC West
DEN 1986 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to New York Giants in Super Bowl XXI.
DEN 1987 10 4 1 .700 1st in AFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.
DEN 1988 8 8 0 .500 2nd in AFC West
DEN 1989 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV.
DEN 1990 5 11 0 .313 5th in AFC West
DEN 1991 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Championship Game.
DEN 1992 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC West
DEN Total 110 73 1 .601 7 6 .538
NYG 1993 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to San Francisco 49ers in NFC Divisional Game.
NYG 1994 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East
NYG 1995 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC East
NYG 1996 6 10 0 .375 5th in NFC East
NYG Total 31 33 0 .484 1 1 .500
ATL 1997 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC West
ATL 1998 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII.
ATL 1999 5 11 0 .313 3rd in NFC West
ATL 2000 4 12 0 .250 5th in NFC West
ATL 2001 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West
ATL 2002 9 6 1 .594 2nd in NFC South 1 1 .500 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game.
ATL 2003 3 10 0 .231 Fired in mid-season
ATL Total 49 59 1 .454 3 2 .600
Total[12] 190 165 2 .535 11 9 .550

Coaching tree

Assistants under Dan Reeves who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

Broadcast career

Reeves previously covered NFL games as a color analyst (teamed with play-by-play man Bill Rosinski) for the second Sunday afternoon game on Westwood One radio network. Dan Reeves also keeps in touch with his fans through his website and is available for hire for corporate and football events around the country.

Personal life

Reeves is married to Pam Reeves. Reeves has three children and six grandchildren.[13] He is a Christian.[14] While coaching for the Giants, Reeves and his wife had been residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.[15]

His nephew is David Andrews, who currently plays center for the New England Patriots.

Further reading

  • Reeves: An Autobiography, by Dan Reeves and Dick Connor (1998) ISBN 978-0-933893-64-1.

References

  1. ^ http://leahcares.org/index.php/portfolio-posts/dan-reeves/
  2. ^ University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
  3. ^ https://www.heraldcourier.com/archives/dan-reeves-in-bristol-jan/article_e1713aab-1917-526e-84fd-b3383dcffe0b.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/history/decades/1960s/ice_bowl.jsp
  6. ^ https://www.milehighreport.com/2017/2/2/14479322/dan-reeves-hall-of-fame
  7. ^ "Denver Broncos fire Dan Reeves". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. December 29, 1992. p. 3B. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=3884953
  9. ^ http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=3884953
  10. ^ http://www.wivb.com/dpp/sports/bills_and_nfl/analysis-of-Bills-coach-search
  11. ^ "PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2017". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Dan Reeves Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  13. ^ "Biography".
  14. ^ "Dan Reeves speaks faith, NFL in Valdosta".
  15. ^ Meisel, Barry. "ON THE FIRING LINE A DEATH WISH FOR REEVES? NO WAY. HE'S DYING TO WIN", New York Daily News, September 11, 1996. Accessed May 8, 2017. "Pam and Dan Reeves live in a townhouse in Ho-Ho-Kus."

External links

1989 Denver Broncos season

The 1989 Denver Broncos season was the team's 30th year in professional football and its 20th with the National Football League (NFL). The head coach was Dan Reeves while Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator and Wade Phillips was the defensive coordinator.

1992 Pro Bowl

The 1992 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 42nd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1991 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 2, 1992, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,209. The final score was NFC 21, AFC 15.Dan Reeves of the Denver Broncos led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes. The referee was Gerald Austin.Michael Irvin of the Dallas Cowboys was the game's MVP. Players on the winning NFC team received $10,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $5,000.

1993 New York Giants season

The 1993 New York Giants season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Dan Reeves, who immediately released Jeff Hostetler and named Phil Simms as the team's starting quarterback. 1993 turned out to be the final season for both Simms and all-time Giants great linebacker, Lawrence Taylor. This would also turn out to be the first season of Hall-of-Famer Michael Strahan's career.

1994 New York Giants season

The 1994 New York Giants season was the franchise's 70th season in the National Football League (NFL) and the second under head coach Dan Reeves. The Giants failed to improve on their 11–5 record from 1993 and finished 9–7 in 1994. They were second in the National Football Conference East Division, three games behind the Dallas Cowboys.In the 1994 NFL draft, the Giants selected wide receiver Thomas Lewis in the first round, with the 24th overall pick. New York began the season with a three-game winning streak, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and Washington Redskins. The Giants' first loss came in their fourth game, as the New Orleans Saints defeated them 27–22. The next six games were also losses; after the Cardinals beat them 10–9 in week 11, New York's record was 3–7. Against the Houston Oilers, the Giants snapped their seven-game losing streak by winning 13–10. The team won its next four games, moving into postseason contention following its second win over Philadelphia, which brought the Giants to 8–7. In the final game of the regular season, against the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys, the Giants prevailed by five points. They needed a Green Bay loss as well to make the playoffs; the Packers won their last game; ending the Giants' season.Rodney Hampton rushed for 1,075 yards and six touchdowns during the season; he was seventh in the NFL in rushing yards in 1994. The Giants' leading receiver statistically was Mike Sherrard, who caught 53 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. Dave Brown started 15 of 16 games at quarterback, and threw 12 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. Defensively, Keith Hamilton and Erik Howard each had 6.5 sacks to lead the Giants, while John Booty and Phillippi Sparks each had a team-high three interceptions.

1995 New York Giants season

The 1995 New York Giants season was the franchise's 71st season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Dan Reeves. The Giants finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 5–11 record, failing to improve on their 9–7 record from 1994.During one notable game at the end of the season, against the San Diego Chargers, Giants fans threw snowballs onto the field throughout the contest. The actions at the "Snowball Game" resulted in the ejections of 175 fans from Giants Stadium and 15 arrests; San Diego posted a 27–17 victory.

1996 New York Giants season

The 1996 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League (NFL). With a 6–10 record, the Giants finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division.In the 1996 NFL Draft, the Giants selected defensive end Cedric Jones with the fifth overall pick. The Giants' first game of the season was at home against the Buffalo Bills, and resulted in a 23–20 loss in overtime. After being shut out by the Dallas Cowboys, New York fell to 0–3 with a 31–10 defeat to the Washington Redskins. Against the New York Jets, the Giants earned their first victory of the season; a 15–10 win over the Minnesota Vikings left them with a 2–3 record heading into their bye week. The team then lost four of its next six games. After defeating the Cowboys, the Giants' record entering December stood at 5–7. They ended the season by losing three of their last four games. The Giants fired head coach Dan Reeves after the season, and hired Jim Fassel as his replacement.Quarterback Dave Brown started all 16 games for the Giants in 1996, throwing for 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. New York's leading running back was Rodney Hampton, who had 254 carries for 827 yards. Wide receivers Chris Calloway and Thomas Lewis led the Giants with four touchdowns and 53 receptions each; Calloway had a team-high 739 receiving yards. Defensively, Chad Bratzke and Michael Strahan had the most sacks among Giants players with five apiece, while Jason Sehorn had five interceptions to lead the team.

1997 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1997 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League (NFL). It was their first season with new Head Coach Dan Reeves, who had been hired on January 21.

For the season, they added a new logo and added the numerals & socks on the road jerseys are switched from black to red. And this was also the season were they debut the authentic stitched up name and numbers on jerseys.

The season was marked with tragedy, as team owner Rankin Smith died on October 26, 1997. The following week, the team wore a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the season.

1998 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1998 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 33rd in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons qualified for the Super Bowl for the first time under the guidance of second-year head coach Dan Reeves, becoming the first dome team to play in a Super Bowl. The Falcons won their final nine regular season games to earn the #2 seed in the National Football Conference (NFC) for the postseason and the first-week bye. They beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round and the #1-seed Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game before losing to Reeves’ old team, the Denver Broncos, 34–19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.Head coach Dan Reeves almost didn’t make it to the end of the season. After Week 14, he was diagnosed with multiple blockages to his coronary arteries, necessitating quadruple bypass surgery. Reeves admitted he ignored the warning signs in hopes of finishing the season, but ultimately felt he needed to be checked out. Doctors stated by the time he went for treatment, he may have been “within hours of a catastrophic heart attack.” Defensive coordinator Rich Brooks substituted for him as head coach during Weeks 15 and 16. Reeves returned for Week 17 and finished the season.

The Falcons ranked fourth in the league in points scored (442 points) and surrendered the fourth-fewest points (289) in 1998; the Falcons also led the league in turnover differential at +20. The Falcons would not appear in the NFL title game again until 2017, Super Bowl LI, which they lost to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

2003 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2003 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League (NFL). It is best remembered for the third preseason game, in which quarterback Michael Vick broke his leg and was done for most of the season. Atlanta had two other quarterbacks take over for a combined 2–10 record (Doug Johnson and Kurt Kittner). Vick returned in week 14 and ended the season with a 3–1 record.

After losing seven straight games, Dan Reeves was let go by Falcons management, and Wade Phillps took over for the rest of the season.

For the season, the Falcons sported a new logo and uniforms, which remains in use today. Although they still wore black tops, they would be switched to red the following season.

Dan Reeves (American football executive)

This article is about the owner of the National Football League's Rams franchise. For the NFL player and coach, see Dan Reeves. For other people named Dan Reeves, see Dan Reeves (disambiguation).Daniel Farrell Reeves (June 30, 1912 – April 15, 1971) was an American sports entrepreneur, best known as the owner of the National Football League's Rams franchise from 1941 to his death in 1971.Reeves is remembered for his move of the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles 73 years ago in 1946, where it became the first American major league sports franchise on the Pacific Coast. He was also the first NFL owner to sign an African-American player in the post World War II era, inking deals with halfback Kenny Washington and end Woody Strode in 1946, as well as being the first to employ a full-time scouting staff.

Reeves was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

Daniel Reeves

Daniel Reeves may refer to:

Daniel Reeves (born 1948), cinematographer

Dan Reeves (born 1944), former National Football League player and coach

Dan Reeves (American football executive) (1912–1971), owner of the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Danny C. Reeves, United States federal judge

Daniel Reeves Stores

Daniel Reeves Stores was a grocery store chain which numbered 297 units in the New York City area in 1922. The business was founded by the father and uncle of Dan Reeves (NFL Owner). The founders worked their way up from fruit peddlers.

List of Denver Broncos head coaches

The Denver Broncos are a professional American football franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The team has played their home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High since 2001. The Broncos are currently owned by Pat Bowlen.There have been 15 head coaches for the Broncos franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Frank Filchock, who coached until 1961. Mike Shanahan is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (208), the most regular season game wins (130), and the most playoff game wins (8). Shanahan and Dan Reeves, are tied for the most playoffs games coached (13). Shanahan was the first Broncos head coach to win a Super Bowl following the 1997 season, and repeated the feat following the 1998 season. The Broncos next Super Bowl victory was for Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season under the leadership of coach Gary Kubiak who had previously played for Denver and served as an assistant coach. Jack Faulkner, John Ralston, Red Miller, and Reeves have been named the United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year, at least once with the Broncos. Filchock, Faulkner, Mac Speedie, Jerry Smith, Ralston, and Miller spent their entire coaching careers with the Broncos. Speedie, Ray Malavasi, Miller, Shanahan, and Kubiak have been assistant coaches with the Broncos before they became head coaches with the Broncos.

List of Super Bowl head coaches

This is a list of Super Bowl head coaches.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

San Diego Toros

The San Diego Toros were a soccer team who played in the North American Soccer League, based in San Diego, California.

The Los Angeles Toros were an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles, California that was a member of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967. The franchise was owned by Dan Reeves, who also owned the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams.

Following the merger of the NPSL and the United Soccer Association (USA) to form the NASL, the franchise moved to San Diego and became the San Diego Toros ahead of the 1968 NASL season, while the USA's Wolves remained in Los Angeles for 1968.In 1968 the team's top scorer was Pepe Fernandez.

Smashmouth offense

In American football, a smashmouth offense is an offensive system that relies on a strong running game, where most of the plays run by the offense are handoffs to the fullback or tailback. It is a more traditional style of offense that often results in a higher time of possession by running the ball heavily. So-called "smash-mouth football" is often run out of the I-formation or wishbone, with tight ends and receivers used as blockers. Though the offense is run-oriented, pass opportunities can develop as defenses play close to the line. Play-action can be very effective for a run-oriented team.

Ted Gregory

Theodore Anthony Gregory (born February 11, 1965) is a former professional American football defensive tackle who played one season for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. Gregory was drafted by the Denver Broncos following a sterling collegiate career at Syracuse. Gregory listed his height as 6'1". However, a shocked Dan Reeves, who is also listed as 6'1" commented, "I'm taller than he is!" upon meeting Gregory after the draft. By Reeves' estimate, Gregory was closer to 5'9".Gregory had injured his knee in his last collegiate game, and the knee gave out during training camp. Following scathing criticism from the press for wasting a pick on damaged goods, the Broncos traded him to the Saints for Shawn Knight before the season. He is now regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in Broncos' history. After the Gregory incident the Broncos began meeting with potential draft picks prior to the draft, a practice they had not previously engaged in.Gregory blew out his knee in this third game with the Saints, and never played in the NFL again. After a series of failed business ventures drained his life savings, he took a job as a construction worker, only to have that end due to a ruptured disc in his back that temporarily rendered him a parapalegic. Gregory placed 8th in Deadspin's "The 100 Worst NFL Players of All Time".

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