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Former Falcons coach Dan Reeves to speak in Americus

Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves

AMERICUS — Former Falcons coach Dan Reeves will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at the 16th annual Steak and Stake Charity Fundraiser Dinner for the Boys and Girls Club of Americus-Sumter County, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will be an honored guest.

This year’s event will be held at the Georgia Southwestern State University’s Storm Dome, where a silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 6 p.m. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75, and corporate reserved tables rates range from $1,000-$5,000. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Lori Gadson or Shirley Reese at (229) 942-5114.

Reeves was born in Rome, Ga., in 1944 but moved to Americus when he was 6 and grew up in the Southwest Georgia community. As a student at Americus High School, he lettered four years in football, three years in basketball and three years in baseball. He was named the MVP of the Georgia High School All-Star Football Game and won state championships with the basketball and baseball teams.

He played quarterback at the University of South Carolina from 1962-64, was named Second Team All-ACC and set 10 school records as a Gamecock. Reeves enjoyed a long and productive playing career with the Dallas Cowboys, where he later started his coaching career. In 1981, he was named head coach of the Broncos and later coached the Giants and Falcons.

Reeves is only the seventh head coach to reach 200 career victories. He was a participant in nine Super Bowls, including four as a head coach. He compiled 12 winning seasons, participated in 50 playoff games and won NFL Coach of the Year honors five times.

He spoke in Albany two years ago at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet and told The Herald that he’s always had a special place in his heart for his hometown and that legendary Americus coach Jimmy Hightower had a significant impact on his life.

“The three most important people in my life outside my parents were three coaches, my high school coach, Jimmy Hightower, my college coach at South Carolina, Marvin Bass, and, of course, (NFL Hall of Fame and former Cowboys) coach (Tom) Landry,’’ Reeves said.

He will be joined on Tuesday by special guest speaker Randolph Barksdale, the former athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Georgia Southwestern.