Former NFL coach Dan Reeves spoke at the United Way of Thomas Country Campaign Kickoff Luncheon on September 30th at noon. The event is also a fundraiser that is raising money to benefit a bunch of local agencies that United Way serves as an assistant such as the American Red Cross South Georgia Chapter and the Boy Scouts of America. Reservations were required for the cost of $200 for four seats or $400 for a table that would seat eight. In addition to Reeve’s speech, there was also a small auction at the end of the function that included an autographed football by several Heisman Trophy winners, a football signed by University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt, and a football helmet signed by other Heisman Trophy winners. Everything went great and it was a huge success, as well as very entertaining for those who got to attend.
The Rome, Georgia native got his football career started when he attended the University of South Carolina on a sports scholarship and played as the team’s quarterback during 1962-1964. Even though he went undrafted upon graduating from University of South Carolina, Reeves got an offer from the Dallas Cowboys with whom he signed with in 1965 as a safety player, but eventually became a halfback. The two-time Super Bowl Campion retired from playing football at the end of the 1972 season to become a full time assistant coach, and by 1981 he became the youngest head coach in the NFL after signing on with the Denver Broncos. After his coaching days were over, Reeves still stayed active in the football community by working as a color analyst for the Westwood One radio network.
Reeves was this year’s United Way’s guest speaking for their annual fundraiser to help the community, and in the end it was a very profitable and fun experience for everyone who decided to go.
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