TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – University of Florida football fans are mourning the death of a legendary player from Tampa, John Reaves.
The 67-year-old former Gator and Bucs quarterback was found dead in his South Tampa home on Tuesday.
According to a Hillsborough County Medical Examiner spokesperson, a family member went to check on Reaves and found him dead in his bed at home on Tuesday afternoon.
The medical examiner’s office is conducting a routine death investigation and has not determined a cause of death.
Reaves was a hometown football star who played for Robinson High School and went on to become All American quarterback for the Gators at the University of Florida. He was a first-round draft pick in the 1972 NFL Draft and played for the Philadelphia Eagles and other NFL teams – including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers- during his 13 years in the NFL.
Reaves was a coach at UF under Steve Spurrier from 1990 to 1992 and again in 1994. He was also a coach at South Carolina from 1995 to 1997.
Reaves went on to open his own real estate company, John Reaves Real Estate, which had an office on Henderson Boulevard in Tampa.
He leaves behind three children and several grandchildren.
Reaves’ friends and fans are mourning his death and paying tribute to him on social media.
No details have been released about funeral arrangements.