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Thomas Johnson "John" Reaves (born March 2, 1950 in Anniston, Alabamamarker) is a former professional American football player. A first-round drafted quarterback from the University of Floridamarker, 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."

Reaves was arrested in 2008 on gun and drug charges.


  1. ESPN - UM-UF rivalry was once the biggest in the state September 5, 2006
  2. Joanne Korth, Florida-Miami: a rivalry revisited, St. Petersburg Times, December 28, 2000.

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