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Reeves talks life after football, Michael Sam

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Dan Reeves left the NFL sidelines in 2003, but he'll admit he's never really left the game.

"You never get it out of your system," he laughs. "I tell people all the time they don't have a transfusion that gets rid of it. It's always there."

The Americus native has coached with the Senior Bowl and other college all-star games in recent years. He also serves as a color commentator for radio broadcasts of NFL games and hosts a radio show in Atlanta.

"That keeps me involved with the Falcons and keeps me involved with the league," Reeves says.

The former Dallas Cowboy running back was the keynote speaker at Tuesday's Steak and Stake Dinner benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Americus-Sumter County.

Reeves was joined on stage by former President Jimmy Carter and Georgia Southwestern athletic director Randolph Barksdale.

The two-time Super Bowl champ spoke on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy is in hot water for comments he made about Sam being a distraction for the St. Louis Rams.

Reeves says he hopes it won't end up being a big deal.

"We probably all played with gay teammates. It just wasn't the thing to do to come out," Reeves says. "It takes an awful lot of courage for the young man to do what he did. Hopefully, things will work out for him and he won't be a distraction for the Rams because the fewer distractions you have, the better chance you have of success. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out."

Reeves says he always enjoys helping the Boys and Girls Clubs of Americus-Sumter County because of the work they do with the community's youth. He says with as many well-known people coming out of the area, it's easy to remind kids to chase their dreams.

"You've got two guys who coached in the NFL [Reeves and Chan Gailey]. You've got a President of the United States right here from Sumter County," he says. "So anything's possible."

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