Frank Reich is an American football coach and former quarterback who is currently serving as the head mentor of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. As a player, he holds the record of the largest comeback in NFL history. The former Superbowl-winning coach played 14 seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. In addition, he played for Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and Detroit Lions.
Reich was born in Freeport, New York on December 4, 1961. His NFL career stat includes 40 touchdowns, 36 interceptions, 6,075 passing yards, and a 72.9 passing rating. He played junior football for Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Frank Reich's Career
After playing college football for the University of Maryland, Reich was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round, 57th overall in the 1985 NFL Draft. In the first season with the Bills, he threw for 123 passing yards appearing in 3 games. In 1988-89 he was deployed in seven games and gained 701 yards with a completion percentage of 60.9 and 7 . In the next three seasons, he was featured in 16 games each with passing yards of 469, 305, and 221 respectively.
The 1990 and 1991 campaigns also saw him consecutively recording two and six touchdowns. In 1993, he completed 16 passes in a total of 26 attempts while throwing for 153 yards. Reich signed with the expansion of the Carolina Panthers in March 1995 to the start of their first year.
He projected the first touchdown pass in franchise history to former Bills player Pete Metzelaars in Memorial Stadium in Clemson. For the Panthers, he threw for a total of 441 yards including two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Reich next moved to the New York Jets for whom he contributed 175 completions, 2,205 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He spent his last two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
During those times, he contributed a total of 74 completions, attained 889 yards, including 5 drop goals and four thwarts. He began his coaching career first acting as an interim instructor for the Indianapolis Colts. He then took similar jobs at Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.
On February 11, 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of the Colts. Since then he has a win-loss record of 28 - 20. Before his hiring, he had led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Superbowl win (2017) as their offensive coordinator.
Frank Reich's Net Worth, Salary, and Career Earnings
Despite utmost secrecy to coaches' wages, reports have been approximating the details of their contract when at all possible. NFL coaches are generally known to receive gainful salaries. In February 2021, the game day news revealed his three-year contract with the Colts is worth $4.5million a year.
This was slightly above Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys and a couple of grands below the Broncos' Vic Fangio. While there's a lack of strong credence in the supposition of New Yorker's net worth, reports from the sports community at least agree on the fact that his fortune lies upwards of $10million.
Frank Reich's Wife (Married Life and Children)
The Lombardi Trophy winner is married to Linda Reich. The future husband and wife met while they both were students at Cedar Crest High School. Linda who then was a cheerleader had been dating Frank's best friend.
The couple exchanged wedding vows in 1986. Together, they are parents to Lia Milan (born 1990), Avery (born 1992), and Hannah (1996). The eldest, when the last known was working as the vice president at Precision Hawk, Raleigh, the middle one resides in Greensboro with her husband, Brett Williams, while the youngest studies recording arts at Indiana University.
In 2019, the Reich couple became grandparents through their first daughter, Lia.