Sunday, February 12, 2012

Frank Reich

Sent: 9/16/11
Received: 2/11/12
Time: 148 Days
Address: c/o Indianapolis Colts
Item Sent: 1989 Score Supplemental, 1989 Topps Traded, 1991 Score
Item Received: 1989 Score Supplemental, 1989 Topps Traded, 1991 Score.  All signed in blue Sharpie.

Frank Reich was one of the NFL's all-time great backup quarterbacks.  When I say that, I'm not talking about a Steve Young type (or even a Matt Schaub type) future star who was blocked by a star #1 quarterback.  I'm talking purely in terms of holding the clipboard, taking the reins for a few games when needed, and winning big ballgames.  His signature moment was his orchestration of the greatest comeback in NFL history.  Down 35-3 early in the third quarter against the Houston Oilers in the 1992 playoffs, Reich led the Bills on a 38-3 run to win the game in overtime, 41-38.  It was deja vu all over again for Reich, who in 1984 led his Maryland Terrapins to the biggest comeback in NCAA history.

This request was sent to the Colts, for whom he coached for the last several seasons.  He was let go after Indy's disastrous 2-14 season, but immediately found work as the new wide receivers coach (and possible Peyton Manning recruiter?) for the Arizona Cardinals.  The only bummer about this return are the smudges and thumbprints on each of the signatures.

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