Dan Reeves, a former player and coach in the National Football League, made a rare visit to Valdosta Thursday night.
The only coach to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance, Reeves was the guest speaker at the Valdosta State University Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ banquet at Crosspointe Church.
Reeves played in two Super Bowls as a member of the Dallas Cowboys before coaching as an assistant coach in three more championship games and four more Super Bowls as a head coach. He currently lives in Atlanta, where he is retired and works for Westwood One radio, covering the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL.
Prior to Thursday’s event, Reeves agreed to an interview with The Valdosta Daily Times. The following is the complete interview with Coach Reeves.
VDT: “How did you get involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes?”
CR: “In 1965, when I was a rookie for the Dallas Cowboys, Coach (Tom) Landry was one that helped start FCA and I had been to one function when I was at the University of South Carolina and I heard Bob Richards speak — he was a U.S. Olympic gold medal pole vaulter. So when I was (in Dallas) and Coach Landry was involved with it, I started doing some things with the FCA.”
VDT: “How many times do you speak to FCA organizations?”
CR: “This year has been unusual. I’ve probably done more this year than I normally do. But I usually do about 10; this year has been about 20. For some reason, you’d think I was running for office in Tennessee. I’ve been there in Tennessee about 15 times this year.”
VDT: ‘What is it like to talk to young college students?”
CR: “It’s great. Most of (the events) I go to are fundraisers. You kind of have a mixture of adults that are interested in backing and financially supporting FCA. The thing to me that is so important, and I speak at a lot of high schools, it is almost taboo to mention God’s name in public school. So FCA is one of the few vehicles that you can get involved in and have God mentioned. It is for a great cause because there are a lot of kids that have not been inside of a Church.”