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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Frank Reich

(Born December 4, 1961) -- Need a team to make a memorable, history-making comeback? Frank Reich is your man. After all, he did it twice.

Reich grew up in Lebanon, Pa., and was a good enough high school quarterback to land a scholarship at the University of Maryland. In 1984 in the Orange Bowl, Reich came on in relief of an injured Stan Gelbaugh with the Terps down, 31-0. Amazingly, Maryland rallied to win, 42-40, in what was at the time the biggest comeback in NCAA football history.

Reich was drafted by the Bills in the third round in 1985, and a year later Jim Kelly arrived on the scene. That meant Reich would have a good seat on the bench for the next several years, watching Kelly and the Bills go on a memorable run.

But Reich did have another moment to remember. In 1993, the Bills trailed the Oilers, 35-3, early in the third quarter. Then the quarterback went to work, and Buffalo eventually won a 41-38 overtime thriller. Yes, it was the greatest rally in pro football history.

Reich went on to play for Carolina, the New York Jets and Detroit. He later did some assistant coaching in the NFL.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.