Frank Reich is famous for his incredible comebacks on the field, repeatedly leading his team to victory against insurmountable odds. Today, his exciting determination endures after a long journey of "the highest of highs and the lowest of lows."
Frank was injured in the fourth game of his senior season at the University of Maryland, and the chance to play professional football seemed lost. But in the high point of the season, Frank came off the bench when the team was down by a daunting 31 to 0, but he would lead the team to a remarkable 42-40 victory.
History would repeat itself eight years later. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, Frank started in the playoff game against the Houston Oilers in a bid for the Super Bowl. As the Oilers charged to a 35-3 lead, Frank Reich looked to stop their stampede one play at a time. As a result, Buffalo eventually won in overtime 41 to 38—an NFL comeback record that still stands today.
During the second quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, the Bill’s starter Jim Kelly had to leave the game due to injury and Frank entered the game. Unfortunately, the Buffalo Bills lost 52 to 17, one of the most lopsided Super Bowls of all time. Frank went from the highest mountaintop to the deepest valley in three weeks. But in that painful journey, he still discovered victory over disappointment and devastation. He found that each person’s hope and strength is in Christ, and through Him we prevail in the most difficult of times.
In recent years, Frank has served as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Church, both located in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a speaker, Frank draws from his extraordinary experiences to encourage anyone who faces adversity. With sincerity and conviction, Frank shows audiences of every age and background that there is powerful promise in victory as well as in loss.
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Frank Reich is known for his incredible comebacks. Not once, but twice in his football career, he led his team to victory in the face of virtually insurmountable odds. In 1984, down 31-0 versus the Miami Hurricanes, he engineered a record-setting comeback in college football by leading Maryland to a 42-40 victory. In 1993, he did it again as a professional by bringing the Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit against the Houston Oilers.
These record setting comebacks are just part of the story Frank shares. He has learned that both victory and defeat provide an opportunity for us to grow in our relationship with God. The message he shares with audiences today is that Christ alone is our source of strength and hope in all circumstances. Frank and his wife, Linda, have three daughters and make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.