Nine-time Super Bowl participant Dan Reeves dies aged 77

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    Dan Reeves
    American football player and coach

Dan Reeves, who participated in nine Super Bowls over the course of his 38-year career in the NFL, has died at the age of 77.

Reeves' passing was confirmed by his family in a statement released to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

"Legendary NFL player and coach Dan Reeves passed away early this morning, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at his home in Atlanta, GA," the statement read.

"He passed away at age 77 due to complications from a long illness. His legacy will continue through his many friends, players and fans as well as the rest of the NFL community. Arrangements are still to be determined."

Reeves played eight seasons as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys, going to two Super Bowls including a victory in Super Bowl VI.

He then moved into coaching ranks and won Super Bowl XII as an assistant with the Cowboys before taking over as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 1981.

Reeves led the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances in 12 seasons before a four-season spell with the New York Giants.

His final coaching stop was with the Atlanta Falcons, whom he guided to Super Bowl XXXIII in the 1998 season, only to suffer defeat to the Broncos.

Reeves is one of 10 head coaches to win 200 career games (including postseason).

Along with Marv Levy, he holds the record for the most playoff wins (11) without winning a championship. Reeves, Levy and Bud Grant own the record for the most Super Bowl appearances (four) for a head coach without a win.

Marty Schottenheimer and Reeves are the only two eligible head coaches with 200 career wins who have not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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