Ex-NCAA foot­ball star dies at 67

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

TAMPA, Fla. — For­mer Florida and NFL quar­ter­back John Reaves, who fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer as the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing passer and later strug­gled with drug and alcohol ad­dic­tion, has died. He was 67.

Reaves was found dead at his home Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Hills­bor­ough County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice. The cause of death is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the of­fice said.

“It’s sad to see that John has passed on, but we’ll cel­e­brate his life down there in Tampa with so many good friends and Ga­tors,’’ said re­tired coach Steve Spurrier, who coached Reaves with the USFL’s Tampa Bay Ban­dits and later hired him as an as­sis­tant at Florida. “His mem­ory will al­ways be with us.’’

Reaves dealt with de­pen­dency for most of his 11-year ca­reer as an NFL jour­ney­man, a run that be­gan as a first-round pick of the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in 1972. He also played for Cincin­nati (1975-78), Min­nesota (1979-80), Hous­ton (1981) and Tampa Bay dur­ing the NFL strike in 1987.

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