John Reaves

Thomas Johnson "John" Reaves (March 2, 1950 – August 1, 2017) was an American college and professional football player who was a quarterback for eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and three seasons in the United States Football League (USFL) during the 1970s and 1980s. Reaves played college football for the University of Florida, and earned All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Oilers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.

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Personal information
Born:March 2, 1950
Anniston, Alabama
Died:August 1, 2017 (aged 67)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Robinson (Tampa, Florida)
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career USFL statistics
Pass attempts:1,364
Passing yards:10,011
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Reaves was born in Anniston, Alabama in 1950,[1] and moved to Tampa, Florida with his mother and grandmother after his father died when he was 9 years old.[2] He attended T.R. Robinson High School in Tampa,[3] where he was a star high school football quarterback for the Robinson Knights.[4] As a senior in 1967, he led the Knights to the Florida Class 2A football semifinal game before losing to the Coral Gables Cavaliers, who won the state championship and were ranked as the national champions afterward.[5] Reaves was lauded as the State Player of the Year.[5] He also played basketball and baseball and ran track for the Knights,[4] and once scored fifty-two points in a high school basketball game.[2]

In 2007, thirty-nine years after he graduated from high school, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized Reaves as one of the "100 Greatest Players of the First 100 Years" of Florida high school football.[5]

College career

After graduating from high school, Reaves accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played quarterback for coach Ray Graves and coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football teams from 1969 to 1971.[6] In his first season as the Gators' starting quarterback, Reaves was part of a group of second-year star players known as the "Super Sophs" that included Reaves, wide receiver Carlos Alvarez, and running back Tommy Durrance. Reaves and the Super Sophs led the Gators to their all-time best season record of 9–1–1, and an upset 14–13 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the 1969 Gator Bowl. Reaves and Alvarez subsequently broke every Florida passing and receiving record during their three-year college careers, and Reaves set the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) career passing record of 7,581 yards and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) career record of 56 touchdowns.[6] Reaves was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1969, a first-team All-American in 1971, and a team captain in 1971.[6] As a senior, he received the Sammy Baugh Trophy, recognizing the nation's best college passer, and the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."[6]

His record as the NCAA's all-time career leader in passing yards was achieved after a controversial fourth-quarter play in the last game of the 1971 regular season against Miami. Most members of the Gators' defense lay down on the field in the fourth quarter, allowing the Miami Hurricanes to score a touchdown to allow Florida's offense to get the ball back so Reaves could set the record. The event is referred to as the "Florida Flop", and it is often recalled bitterly by Hurricanes alumni and fans.[7][8]

Reaves returned to Gainesville during the NFL offseason and completed a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1973. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1985.[9][10] He was picked as No. 30 among the 100 greatest Gators from the first century of the Florida football program by The Gainesville Sun in 2006.[11]


  • 1969: 222 completions on 396 attempts, 2,896 yards, 24 touchdowns, 19 interceptions
  • 1970: 188 completions on 376 attempts, 2,549 yards, 13 touchdowns, 19 interceptions
  • 1971: 193 completions on 356 attempts, 2,104 yards, 17 touchdowns, 21 interceptions[6]

Professional career

Reaves was selected in the first round (fourteenth pick overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles,[12] and he played for the Eagles from 1972 to 1974.[13] He was then traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in 1975,[14] claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings in 1979,[15] and signed to the Houston Oilers in 1981.[16]

Reaves jumped to the expansion Tampa Bay Bandits of the start-up USFL in 1983; he was the Bandits' starting quarterback for three seasons under head coach Steve Spurrier in a pass-oriented offense. He only played eight games of the 1983 season because of a wrist injury. However, he still managed to complete 139 passes out of 259 attempts. He threw for 1,276 yards, but tossed 16 interceptions compared to nine touchdown passes. He bounced back in 1984, going 313 out of 544 for 4,092 yards and tossing 28 touchdowns, compared to 16 interceptions. This was the only USFL season in which he threw more touchdowns than interceptions. In the league's final season, 1985, he was 314 for 561, throwing 29 interceptions compared to 25 touchdown passes.[17]

Reaves was to play for the Orlando Renegades during the USFL's 1986 fall season, but the league dissolved before they could play a game. Reaves next appeared as a replacement player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1987 strike. Reaves's NFL career was that of a journeyman back-up—and his NFL career total of 3,417 yards showed it.[13] In Reaves's two seasons as the Bandits' full-time starting quarterback, however, he threw for over 4,000 yards passing both years (1984 and 1985), and just over 10,000 total yards in his three-season USFL career (1983–85).

Life after the NFL

Reaves was an assistant football coach for the Florida Gators under head coach Steve Spurrier from 1990 to 1992 and again in 1994,[6] working primarily with the Gators quarterbacks, including Shane Matthews. He left Gainesville to become an assistant coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks under head coach Brad Scott from 1995 to 1997.

Reaves was arrested on gun and drug possession charges in 2008.[18] Reaves entered an Atlanta area substance abuse rehabilitation program in May 2009.[19]

Football family

Reaves was the former father-in-law of former USC Trojans football head coach Lane Kiffin, who was married to Reaves's daughter Layla.[19] Reaves's son David was an assistant coach under Kiffin during Kiffin's one year as the Tennessee Volunteers football head coach.[19] Reaves's younger son Stephen was a back-up quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[20]

See also


  1. ^, Players, John Reaves. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Douglas S. Looney, "He Has Seen The Light", Sports Illustrated (April 18, 1983). Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  3. ^, Players, John Reaves Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Joe Henderson, "Tampa Bay's All-Century Team: No. 26 John Reaves Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine", The Tampa Tribune (November 30, 1999). Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "FHSAA unveils '100 Greatest Players of First 100 Years' as part of centennial football celebration", Florida High School Athletic Association (December 4, 2007). Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 87, 91, 96, 101, 103, 124, 127, 141–142, 144, 146–148, 158, 159, 164, 174, 176, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Bob Harig, "UM-UF rivalry was once the biggest in the state", (September 5, 2006). Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Joanne Korth, "Florida-Miami: a rivalry revisited", St. Petersburg Times (December 28, 2000). Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  9. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Mike Bianchi, "UF football team gets title trophies", The Gainesville Sun, p. 6F (April 14, 1985). Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  11. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 30 John Reaves", The Gainesville Sun (August 4, 2006). Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  12. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1972 National Football League Draft. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  13. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, John Reaves. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  14. ^ Ed McFall, "Reaves, Boryla get chance", The Daily Sentinel (August 28, 1975). Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  15. ^ Associated Press, "Ex-Gator Reaves joins Vike quarterback corps", St. Petersburg Times (July 17, 1979). Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  16. ^ Associated Press, "Oilers anxiously awaiting results on Nielsen", St. Petersburg Times (August 25, 1981). Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  17. ^, USFL, Players O–Z. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  18. ^ Joey Johnston, "Ex-Football Star Reaves Says Police Planted Cocaine Archived 2008-08-16 at the Wayback Machine", The Tampa Tribune (August 4, 2008). Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  19. ^ a b c Mick Elliott, "Hell & Back for John Reaves, Layla Kiffin", NCAA Fan House (September 3, 2009). Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  20. ^ Daniel Girard, "Argos may elevate third-string QB Reaves", Toronto Star (October 14, 2009). Retrieved May 21, 2010.


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1969 Florida Gators football team

The 1969 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The season was the tenth, last, and arguably most successful season for Ray Graves as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Graves' 1969 Florida Gators finished their regular season with an overall record of 8–1–1 and an SEC record of 3–1–1, placing fourth among the ten SEC teams. Florida concluded the year with a Gator Bowl victory over SEC-champion Tennessee. Afterwards, Graves resigned from the head coaching position to become the university's athletic director, and was replaced by Tennessee head coach Doug Dickey.Graves' final Gators squad was led by a surprising group of second-year offensive players known as the "Super Sophs", that included quarterback John Reaves, wide receiver Carlos Alvarez and tailback Tommy Durrance.

1969 Gator Bowl

The 1969 Gator Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Gators of the University of Florida, both representing the SEC. Florida defeated Tennessee 14–13. This is Tampa native's Steve Kiner's only game against the Gators.

1971 Florida Gators football team

The 1971 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. The season was Doug Dickey's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1971 Florida Gators finished with a 4–7 overall record and a 1–6 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for eighth among ten SEC teams.

1972 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1972 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 40th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 6–7–1, winning only two games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season.

Both of the Eagles' victories were one-point decisions on the road vs. AFC teams, 21-20 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 18-17 over the Houston Oilers. The meeting with the Chiefs was the last until 1992, and Kansas City did not come to Philadelphia until 1998.

Following the disastrous season, the third with three wins or fewer since 1968, general manager Pete Retzlaff resigned, and coach Ed Khayat was fired by owner Leonard Tose.

Amazon (1990 film)

Amazon is a 1990 drama that was directed by the Finnish film director Mika Kaurismäki, who co-wrote the script with Richard Reitinger and John Reaves, the latter of whom contributed additional writing. The movie premiered at the Toronto Festival of Festivals in September 1990.

While shooting the movie Kaurismäki tried to minimize the movie and crew's impact on the environment, which he tried to minimize by choosing equipment that would have the least impact on the shooting location, the surrounding areas, and its inhabitants.

Florida Gators football statistical leaders

The Florida Gators football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Florida Gators football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, Single season and career leaders. The Gators represent the University of Florida in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although Florida began competing in intercollegiate football in 1906, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1950. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1950, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

Freshmen were barred from varsity football due to conference rules since 1922, and the NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Gators have played in 15 bowl games since then, giving recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Gators have played in the SEC Championship Game 12 times since it began in 1992, so players in those seasons had 12 games to rack up stats.

All of the top 10 Gator seasons when ranked by total offensive yards have come under recent coaches Steve Spurrier (1990–2001) and Urban Meyer (2005–2010). Indeed, the offensive lists are dominated by players who played under one of these coaches.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Jack Thompson (American football)

Jack Thompson (born May 18, 1956) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for six seasons. He was known as "the Throwin' Samoan," a nickname bestowed on him by Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine during Thompson's breakout sophomore season at Washington State University in 1976.

Jeff Driskel

Jeffrey Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Louisiana Tech. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

John Reaves House

The John Reaves House is a historic residence and government building in the village of Freeport, Ohio, United States. Constructed by one of the area's earliest settlers, it was later home to one of Freeport's most significant citizens. After years of use as a house, it was converted into non-residential purposes, and it has been named a historic site.

Daniel Easley settled at the site of Freeport circa 1804 after migrating from Virginia. The date at which he built the house is unknown, although it was certainly no later than 1820. Later in life, Easley journeyed farther west and established the city of Freeport in Stephenson County, Illinois. Before leaving, he sold his home to the family of John Reaves, who gained a posthumous reputation as one of the village's significant early residents. As a civilian, he was among Harrison County's earliest teachers, and villagers honored him as the first Harrison County resident to die in the war of the rebellion; he was even the first man in the village to enlist after the fall of Fort Sumter. Reaves' home is a small brick building with a central entrance on the facade, as well as a subsidiary side door. The building is one and one-half stories tall, resting on a stone foundation, with walls that rise to side-facing gables topped with chimneys. Following Reaves' death, the house was converted into a commercial building; by 1888, it had become home to Freeport's first bank. In later years, it was later given to village officials, who employed it as the village hall and as a museum. It has since become a library, the Clark Memorial branch of the Cadiz-based Puskarich Public Library.The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in mid-1977, qualifying because of its historically significant architecture; the oldest surviving building in Freeport, it has experienced very few changes since its construction.

List of Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterbacks

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List of Florida Gators starting quarterbacks

This list of Florida Gators starting quarterbacks includes members of the Florida Gators football team who have started at the quarterback position in one or more regular season or post-season games. The Florida Gators represent the University of Florida in the sport of American football, and they compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Florida Gators quarterbacks have led their teams to 689 wins, forty post-season bowl games, eight SEC championships, and three consensus national championships.

Three Gators quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy: Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996), and Tim Tebow (2007). Five have been recognized as first-team All-Americans: Spurrier (1966), John Reaves (1971), Wuerffel (1996), Rex Grossman (2000), and Tebow (2007). Eighteen have been inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, including sixteen recognized as "Gator Greats" for their college sports careers, and two as "Distinguished Lettermen" for their post-college career achievements. Two former Gators quarterbacks have returned to lead the Gators as their head coach: Doug Dickey (1970–78) and Steve Spurrier (1990–2001).

List of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterbacks

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List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterbacks

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List of Tennessee Titans starting quarterbacks

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Mike Boryla

Michael Jay Boryla (born March 6, 1951) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1970s. He played college football at Stanford University, where he was the team's MVP during his senior season. Chosen by the NFL's Bengals in the 4th round of the 1974 NFL Draft, Boryla was then traded to the Eagles. At the 1976 Pro Bowl he threw two touchdown passes in the final minutes of the game to lead the NFC to a 23-20 win.In 2014, Boryla made his professional acting debut at Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia performing The Disappearing Quarterback, a one-man autobiographical theatrical performance that includes history, wit, and thinly veiled opinions regarding professional sports concussions.

Mule Watson

John Reaves "Mule" Watson (October 15, 1896 in Arizona, Louisiana – August 25, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana), was a professional baseball player who was a pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1918 to 1924. He played for the Boston Braves, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants. On the 12th and 13 August 1921, Watson became the last pitcher in Major League history to start both games of a doubleheader twice in the same season.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Harrison County, Ohio

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Harrison County, Ohio.

It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Harrison County, Ohio, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.There are 7 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted April 12, 2019.

Tampa Bay Bandits

The Tampa Bay Bandits was a professional American football team in the United States Football League (USFL) which was based in Tampa, Florida. The Bandits were a charter member of the USFL and was the only franchise to have the same principal owner (John F. Bassett), head coach (Steve Spurrier), and home field (Tampa Stadium) during the league's three seasons of play. The Bandits were successful both on the field and at the ticket booth. Spurrier's "Bandit Ball" offense led them to winning records and two playoff appearances, and their exciting brand of play combined with innovative local marketing helped the Bandits lead the league in attendance. However, the franchise folded along with the rest of the USFL when the league suspended play after the 1985 season.

Prominent alumni from the Bandits include future NFL Pro Bowlers Nate Newton and Gary Anderson and coach Steve Spurrier, who spent 25 years coaching college football and was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Wayne Peace

Wayne Lamar Peace, Jr. (born November 3, 1961) is an American former college and professional football quarterback and current high school football coach in Lakeland, Florida.

He was born in Lakeland, Florida, and attended Lakeland High School, where he was an all-state football and basketball player. He was recruited by several top college programs and chose to accept a scholarship to play for coach Charley Pell at the University of Florida.Peace became the Gators' starting quarterback just five games into his freshman season of 1980 when a knee injury to starter Bob Hewko propelled the rookie into the lineup, and he performed well enough to keep the starting job for most of the next three and a half seasons. Over his career at Florida, Peace lead the Gators to a 28-12-1 record, four bowl games, and their first ever top-10 ranking in the final AP Poll (No. 6 in 1983). He set several individual records as well; his career completion percentage (61.6%) was a school record and his 7,206 passing yards were second in school history when he graduated. During his junior season in 1982, Peace set an NCAA record for completion percentage (70.7%) which was broken by Steve Young the following year. In one of a series of articles written for The Gainesville Sun in 2006, the Sun sportswriters ranked him as No. 81 all-time greatest Gator of the first 100 years of Florida football. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."In the spring of 1984, Peace signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League (USFL), who were coached by former Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier. Peace played in several games, sharing time under center with another Florida alumnus, John Reaves. After the league folded, Peace was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players, the second USFL quarterback picked after Steve Young. However, he was waived during preseason camp in August 1985. Peace tried out for several other National Football League (NFL) teams over the next two seasons, signing briefly with the Miami Dolphins and playing in preseason games with the San Diego Chargers, but he did not make a regular season roster and decided to retire from football in late 1986.Peace graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1986. In February 1987, he founded a State Farm insurance agency in his hometown of Lakeland. In 2006, while continuing to run his insurance agency, Peace became the quarterbacks coach for the high school team at Lakeland Christian School. In January 2011, he was named head football coach at the school, and has led his team to 6-5 and 7-3 records in his first two seasons.

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