Friday, August 4, 2017
John Reaves - the Eagles' #1 draft pick in 1972, passed away on August 1, 2017 at age 67.
A 3-year starter at the University of Florida, Reaves was the NCAA all-time leading passer upon graduation.
He was the Eagles' #1 pick in the '72 draft, and started 7 games in his rookie season (while relieving Pete Liske in 4 other games). The following season the team acquired Roman Gabriel, so Reaves rode the bench for 2 seasons.
He later played for the Bengals (1975-78), Vikings (1979-80), Oilers (1981) and Buccaneers (in 1987 as a strike replacement). Reaves also played for Tampa Bay in the USFL from 1983-85.
In the 1990s, he was an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier.
Miami Herald obituary