Former Terps quarterback Frank Reich, a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, will be the new coach of the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League. Reich recently earned a Super Bowl ring with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he served as offensive coordinator for two seasons.
During his collegiate career, Reich backed up future NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason for three seasons before emerging as a starter. Against the University of Miami in 1984, Reich came off the bench with Maryland trailing 31-0 and led the Terps to a 42-40 win — the biggest comeback in NCAA history at the time.
He did something similar in 1993 during an NFL playoffs game. After trailing 35-3, he led the Buffalo Bills to a 41-38 overtime victory against the Houston Oilers. He also played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions before starting his coaching career in 2006.
Photo: Quarterback Frank Reich, No. 14, and center Kevin Glover, No. 70, line up against Clemson University on Nov. 17, 1984. (University of Maryland Archives)