Today is the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11. A day that changed our country forever. But our nation rallied together and made a comeback that people are still talking about. We don’t need another 9/11, but we could sure use another 9/12 – the day when America came together and began a great comeback. If you love great comeback stories, you’re going to love this one. It’s one of the best and I hope it brightens your spirits.
The name Frank Reich might not mean much to most people. But his story will. In 1984, after his team was down 31-0, he rallied Maryland to a 42-40 victory over the University of Miami in what many have called the greatest comeback in college football history.
He wasn’t done.
In 1993, he was a back up quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. When their superstar quarterback, Jim Kelly was injured, Frank was called upon to take his place. Once again he engineered what has been called one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.
When the first half ended, the Houston Oilers were leading the Buffalo Bills 28-3. As the third quarter began, Frank threw an interception and Bubba McDowell raced 58 yards for a touchdown, making the score 35-3. It was at that point scores of Buffalo fans headed for the exits, convinced the game was over.
According to Vic Carucci, who wrote for the NFL Insider, Frank Reich “rallied the Bills from a 32-point deficit early in the third quarter by throwing four touchdown passes – three to Andre Reed – to help give the Bills a 36-35 lead. Houston’s Al Del Greco tied the game with a 26-yard field goal at the end of regulation, but cornerback Nate Odomes intercepted a pass by Warren Moon, and Steve Christie won the game with a 32-yard field goal in overtime.” 1
“Can you imagine people who had given up on you, trying to climb a fence to see how things had so drastically changed for you?”
The final score? 41-38. Buffalo Bills. And since 2018, Frank has been the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
Another fascinating footnote: One of Frank’s teammates, Steve Tasker, who played on special teams said, “I remember looking into the stands in the third quarter and seeing so many empty seats. But when we made the comeback, people were climbing the fence trying to bust back into the stadium.” 2
Can you imagine people who had given up on you, trying to climb a fence to see how things had so drastically changed for you?
The Bible tells us how that can happen for every one of us. The secret is found in Galatians 6:9 where it says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Let me encourage you no matter what you’re going through, it’s always too soon to quit. Especially if you’re a Christian. Why? Because when God is involved …
… It’s never too late for a comeback!
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.