Reeves, a former NFL running back and coach, died on Jan. 1 “due to complications from a long illness,” according to his family. He was 77.
“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 family said in a statement released through former Atlanta Falcons media relations director Aaron Salkin, according to the Associated Press.
“His legacy will continue through his many friends, players and fans as well as the rest of the NFL community,” they added.
After his time playing as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys, Reeves went on to coach the Denver Broncos from 1981-1992 and the Atlanta Falcons from 1997 to 2003. He led the Falcons to their first-ever Super Bowl in 1999.
The NFL legend, who is the only person in history to play and coach in multiple Super Bowls, also served as head coach for the New York Giants from 1993 to 1996. He earned the NFL’s Coach of the Year award twice, in 1993 and 1998.