Frank Reich is an American football coach who currently serves as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League (NFL). Frank Reich started out as a football player in his youth, with his most notable achievements as a college player recorded at the University of Maryland before he was later selected by the Buffalo Bills for a professional career in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
He did well to form one of the longest-standing reserve and starting teams with Jim Kelly, who was one of the Bills’ quarterbacks. Together they played a total of nine seasons from 1986 to 1994. Other teams he played for include the Carolina Panthers in 1995, the New York Jets in 1996, and the Detroit Lions from 1997 to 1998. Here you can find more interesting details about his career and family.
Frank Reich Bio, Age
Frank Michael Reich Jr. was born in Freeport, New York, on December 4, 1961, the son of Frank Reich Sr. As a child Frank Reich studied at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he played basketball, baseball, and soccer. He was on the team of the Big 33 Football Classic, where he played as quarterback. After graduating high school, he received a sports scholarship to study and play soccer for three seasons with the Maryland Terrapins.
One of the greatest highlights of his college career was the comeback he led against the Miami Hurricanes at Orange Bowl Stadium on November 10, 1984. In the fourth week of the season against Wake Forest, after Stan Gelbaugh dislocated his shoulder, Frank came off the bench and played as his replacement. He did well to keep the Terrapins in the lead until the end of the third quarter with several shots on goal. He did so with three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth touchdown at the start of the final quarter. turned what was intended to be a blowout into a tight game in which the Miamis led 34-28.
1985 Frank Reich was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He was given the opportunity to compete in 1989 as a result of a shoulder injury to his teammate Jim Kelly. He put in an incredible performance and led the Bills to two consecutive wins, the most notable of which was with the initially undefeated Los Angeles Rams after he threw in two drives for a 23-20 win.
The following year, Frank Reich brought the Bills two important victories, earning them the AFC East title and continuous home advantage throughout the playoffs.
Later, Frank Reich signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers in March 1995. He was able to make history in the franchise after he threw the first touchdown pass as the new signatory. The following year he joined the New York Jets, his last club, before retiring from active play in 1998. In 2014, Frank Reich was named one of the greatest quarterback players in NFL history.
Frank Reich Coaching Career
From 2006-2007 he became a trainee trainer who served as assistant coach of the Colts team. In 2008 Frank Reich was promoted to coach a quarterback and later to coach a wide receiver after Jim Caldwell was appointed as the team’s new head coach after Tony Dungy resigned from that position. However, in 2011 he himself and the entire Colts coaching staff were dismissed after a bad season, and after his dismissal, he went to the Arizona Cardinals to look for a way to become a wide receiver coach. In 2012 he got the chance and served under the then head coach Whisenhunt. In the course of the year, he was dismissed again (along with other coaches).
Nevertheless, the San Diego Chargers 2013 hired Frank and Whisenhunt as coaches in their team. After Whisenhunt received a higher offer to become head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Frank was given the position of Offensive Coordinator. He was later dismissed from the team on January 4, 2016, after the Chargers fought on offense and ended in a hurry on January 31. He was later hired as Offensive Coordinator by the Philadelphia Eagles on January 20, 2016. Fortunately for Frank, the team won the Super Bowl LII. Given his growth and experience as a coach, he was recalled by the Indianapolis Colts on February 11, 2018, to serve as their new head coach.
Family – Father
His father played as center and linebacker for Penn State from 1953 to 1955 and was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 14th round of the 1956 NFL draft. Unfortunately, Frank Sr. never got the chance to play in the NFL. As a result of this setback, he had to settle for a job as a soccer coach as well as a technical education teacher at Lebanon High School before he retired in 1992.
Wife And Daughters
Frank is married to the beautiful Linda Reich, who was born on March 15, 1962, as Linda Ann Fick. They met when they both attended Cedar Crest High, where Frank played soccer and Linda was a cheerleader. At that time Linda was dating Frank’s best friend. After a while, Linda was single again and when he was a sophomore in college they started dating. Linda and Frank Reich have three lovely daughters (Lia Milan was born in 1990, Aviry was born in 1992, and Hannah in 1996).
Lia is married and is also Vice President of Marketing at Precision Hawk in Raleigh. Aviry remains in Greensboro with her husband, Brett Williams, while Hannah is currently studying recording arts at Indiana University.
Other Facts About Frank Reich
1. Frank also functions as a motivational speaker and at the same time remains a devout Christian. His messages and speeches revolve around great comebacks and the importance of God. He says the song “In Christ Alone” by Michael English is his inspiration.
2. Frank also attended the Charlotte Campus of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. From 2003 to 2006 he was also President of the Charlotte Campus of RTS.
3. He was a pastor at the Ballantyne Presbyterian Church until he moved to Indianapolis.
4. Reich also co-founded a retail store with his friend Boomer Esiason. They are co-owners of Jim and Chuck’s Boot Shop with over fifteen stores spread throughout the New England area.
5. The net worth of Frank Reich is currently estimated at $8 million.