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November 11, 2012

Dan Reeves speaks faith, NFL in Valdosta


VALDOSTA — VDT: “What year did you become a believer in Christ?”

CR: “I was about 9-years-old, so that would have been about 1953.”

VDT: “With the perception of NFL coaches being what it is today with guys like Rex Ryan, is it hard to keep true to your faith during that?”

CR: “No. When we (the Denver Broncos) played the Super Bowl (XXII) with the Washington Redskins, (Coach) Joe Gibbs and I did our devotional together, the night before the game. The commissioner of the NFL (Paul Tagliabue), said ‘y’all can’t do that.’  We said ‘what do you mean we can’t do it?’, and they said ‘it just doesn’t look right, with two teams that are going to play in the Super Bowl having a devotional the night before the game.’

We were Christians before the Super Bowl, so we went ahead and did it. You still compete and go out and play as hard as you can the next day. It doesn’t have anything to do with doing a devotional the night before the game.”

VDT: “Living in Atlanta, what do you do with retirement?”

CR: “I have a lot of honey-do’s. Thirty-nine years of not doing any, I have a lot of catching up to do.”

VDT: “What is the No. 1 thing on the honey-do list.”

CR: “We have to go to the lake house every weekend.”

VDT: “Do you play a lot of golf?”

CR: “I play a lot of golf but I wish I could play more. My old body gets too sore. I probably play two times a week; if I play three, my body gets too sore.”

VDT: “Do you still watch the NFL a lot?”

CR: “All the time. I do a pre-game show there with the Falcons in Atlanta. I kind of keep up with them and I do a show on Mondays, so I have DirectTV and I kind of watch all of the games.”

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