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John Reaves
Date of birth: March 2, 1950 (1950-03-02) (age 59)
Place of birth: Anniston, Alabama
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
 As player:
Philadelphia Eagles
Cincinnati Bengals
Minnesota Vikings
Houston Oilers
Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Playing stats at

Thomas Johnson "John" Reaves (born March 2, 1950 in Anniston, Alabama) is a former professional American football player. A first-round drafted quarterback from the University of Florida, Reaves played in 11 NFL seasons from 1972-1981 and 1987 for five different teams. Also he was the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League during its three-year existence.

His record as the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards was achieved after an incident at the end of the 1971 season, when the Florida Gators defense laid down on the field in the fourth quarter. This controversial act allowed Miami to score a touchdown with enough time for Florida to get the ball back in order to allow Reaves to set the record. The event is commonly referred to as the "Gator Flop."[1][2]

Reaves was arrested in 2008 on gun and drug charges. [3]

Reaves is the father-in-law of current University of Southern California football head coach Lane Kiffin.




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