Buffalove? Frank Reich references comeback, time as backup during introductory presser (video)

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich is known for pulling off the impossible.

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You can now check “winning the hearts of fans after one sentence” off that list.

The former Bills quarterback from 1985-1994 was introduced as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday. Reich first won over the Colts’ faithful but actually attending.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had previously accepted the job only to back out and opt to stay with the Pats.

During the intro presser, Reich was asked by former Colt punter and current Barstool Sports analyst Pat McAfee about current Indy quarterback Andrew Luck and then another about McDaniels.

The two previously spent time together in the organization during Reich’s first tenure with the Colts as QB coach.

Reich answered the first question about Luck and didn’t dodge the latter.

In paying homage to his years in Buffalo, where Reich lead the biggest comeback in NFL history, Reich dusted off what might be a perfect answer.

“The ‘backup’ role has suited me well in my career,” Reich said.

Here’s video of Reich’s response, which was even awarded with a little clap from local media members:

Often referred to either the greatest comeback in NFL history or just simply “The Comeback,”Reich, filling in for an injured Jim Kelly, lead the Bills to a 41-38 win in the Wild Card of the NFL postseason in January 1993 against the Houston Oilers. Buffalo trailed 35-3.

But worth noting, Reich also had the biggest comeback in NCAA football history at one point as well. With the University of Maryland, Reich came off the bench and with his team trailing the University of Miami 31-0 at halftime, Reich lead the Terrapins to a 42-40 win.

Reich’s college comeback has since been snapped on multiple occasions, however, the comeback with the Bills still stands.


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