Gary Reasons
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Personal information
Born: (1962-02-18) February 18, 1962 (age 61)
Crowley, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Crowley
College:Northwestern State
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Gary Phillip Reasons (born February 18, 1962) is a former American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), winning Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV as a member of the team. Since his retirement as a player, he has served as a college football TV analyst for ESPN, ABC Sports & Fox Sports.


Reasons was also a part of two key plays during his career.[1][2] The first came during a critical late-season December 1989 game against the Denver Broncos at snowy Mile High Stadium. On fourth-and-goal from the Giants 1-yard line, John Elway handed off to Bobby Humphrey, who went airborne trying to break the plane of the goal line. But Reasons also went airborne; he collided with Humphrey in the air and stopped him, causing Humphrey to drop to the ground. The Giants, propelled by an incredible 57-yard touchdown on a screen pass to speedy David Meggett on third-and-31, went on to win that game and the NFC East that season before falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the infamous Flipper Anderson game at Giants Stadium.

The second came during the playoffs of the 1990-1991 season. During the NFC Championship Game versus the San Francisco 49ers, Reasons ran for 30 yards on a fourth-quarter fake punt play, which helped the Giants win 15-13 and advance to the Super Bowl. Only a tackle by 49ers punt returner John Taylor prevented Reasons from scoring, but Matt Bahr did cap the drive with a field goal that brought the Giants to within 13-12.

Reasons was the first player to be named three times to the Division I-AA All-America team while playing college football at Northwestern State and in 1996 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1997 Reasons was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2004 and 2008, Reasons served as the head coach for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz arena football team.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OKC 2004 10 6 .625 2nd in Southwest 0 1 .000 Lost to Peoria Pirates in wild card round
OKC 2008 1 5 .167 resigned mid-season[3] 0 0 .000
Total 11 11 .500 0 1 .000

See also


  1. ^ "Giants Plow Past Broncos in Snow, 14-7 - The New York Times". The New York Times. 1989-12-11. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  2. ^ "Fantastic Finish Puts Giants in Super Bowl vs. Bills - The New York Times". The New York Times. 1991-01-21. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  3. ^ Martin, Ray (May 12, 2008). "Reasons Steps Down as Yard Dawgs coach". The Oklahoman. Retrieved September 5, 2020.