Report: John Reaves, former Gators and Bucs quarterback, found dead

Report: John Reaves, former Gators and Bucs quarterback, found dead

TAMPA, FLA. - John Reaves, an All-American football player at the University of Florida who became quarterback for the Bucs and Bandits, was found dead Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He was 67.

The Times reports a family member texted Reaves during the weekend and didn't hear from him, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office. That person found Reaves dead in his home around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. 

Reaves was born in March 1950 in Alabama and later moved to Tampa as a child.

He was a star player at Madison Junior High School before going to Robinson, according to the Times. Reaves earned state player of the year honors in 1967 for leading the Knights to the Class 2A state championship game.

The quarterback then became the NCAA's all-time leading passer (7,581 career yards) with an SEC-record 54 touchdown passes with the Florida Gators.

Reaves played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Bandits.

He became a real estate agent once retiring from the NFL. 

Read the rest of the Times' story, here: John Reaves, former Robinson, Gators and Bucs quarterback, dies at 67

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