Frank Reich

Frank Michael Reich Jr. (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Reich played college football at the University of Maryland and was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1985 NFL draft; he also played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. Reich and Bills starting quarterback Jim Kelly formed one of the longest-tenured backup-and-starter tandems, playing together for nine seasons from 1986 to 1994. For a time, Reich had the distinction of having led his team to the biggest comeback victory ever in both the college and NFL ranks, including a 32-point comeback for the Bills in 1993. Starting as an intern with the Colts in 2006, Reich has also coached with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. As the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, Reich won Super Bowl LII.

Frank Reich
Indianapolis Colts
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:December 4, 1961 (age 57)
Freeport, New York
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Lebanon (PA) Cedar Crest
NFL Draft:1985 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Indianapolis Colts (2008)
    Offensive coaching staff assistant
  • Indianapolis Colts (2009–2010)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Indianapolis Colts (2011)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Arizona Cardinals (2012)
    Wide receivers coach
  • San Diego Chargers (2013)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • San Diego Chargers (2014–2015)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2016–2017)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Indianapolis Colts (2018–present)
    Head coach
Career highlights and awards
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:6,075
Passer rating:72.9
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season:10–6 (.625)
Postseason:1–1 (.500)
Career:11–7 (.611)
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career

High school years

Reich attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he played baseball, football, and basketball. Reich started on the football team for his last two years in high school. He played quarterback in the Big 33 Football Classic in 1980 following his senior year of high school. [1]

College career

Reich was accepted to the University of Maryland on an athletic scholarship, and played for the Maryland Terrapins football team as backup to starter Boomer Esiason for three years.[2]

The biggest highlight of Reich's college career was the comeback he led against the Miami Hurricanes on November 10, 1984 at the Orange Bowl Stadium. Reich came off the bench to play for Stan Gelbaugh, who had previously replaced him as the starter after Reich separated his shoulder in the fourth week of the season against Wake Forest. Quarterback Bernie Kosar had led Miami to a 31–0 halftime lead. At the start of the third quarter, Reich led the Terrapins on multiple scoring drives. Three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth at the start of the final quarter turned what was a blowout into a close game. With Miami leading 34–28, Reich hit Greg Hill with a 68-yard touchdown pass, which deflected off the hands of Miami safety Darrell Fullington, to take the lead. Maryland scored once more to cap a 42–9 second half, and won 42–40, completing what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.[3]

National Football League

Reich was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (57th overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft. The Bills already had drafted future Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in 1983 and when Kelly signed with the Bills in 1986, Reich was relegated to the backup role.

Reich got his first start when Kelly went down with a shoulder injury in 1989. Reich led the Bills to two straight victories. He rallied the Bills in the fourth quarter by throwing two drives down the field for a 23–20 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.[4] This first game for Reich occurred in front of a Rich Stadium crowd of 76,231 and a Monday Night Football audience.

Reich returned the following year, however, when Kelly was injured again late in the 1990 season. Reich provided the Bills with two key wins, clinching them the AFC East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

During the final game of the 1992 regular season, the Houston Oilers defeated Buffalo 27–3 in Houston, where Kelly suffered strained ligaments in his knee and yielded to Reich to finish the game in his place. With Kelly out, Reich took the reins as the starter for the wild card game the following week, on January 3, 1993. The wild card game was a rematch with the Oilers, hosted in Buffalo, where they led the Bills 35–3 early in the 3rd quarter, but Reich then led the Bills on a 38–3 run en route to a 41–38 overtime victory. The rally from a 32-point deficit[5] was the largest comeback in NFL history. Reich started his second consecutive playoff game, as the Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24–3 in the divisional round. This made Reich one of a handful of quarterbacks who is undefeated as a starter in post-season play, as well as the only one with more than one start to his credit. Kelly recovered and started the AFC Championship where the Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins 29–10. During Super Bowl XXVII, the Bills faced the Dallas Cowboys and Reich again replaced an injured Kelly in the first half of the Super Bowl. Reich led the Bills to 10 points to make the score 31–17, with a possible comeback well within the Bills' capability as the 3rd quarter concluded. However, in the 4th quarter, the Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points to win 52–17, and Reich finished the game with two interceptions.

After giving the Bills one more comeback victory late in the 1993 NFL season, Reich signed with the expansion Carolina Panthers in March 1995 to start off their first year.[6] He threw the first touchdown pass in franchise history to former Bills player Pete Metzelaars in Memorial Stadium in Clemson, as Bank of America Stadium was still under construction. The Panthers had drafted Kerry Collins as their intended franchise quarterback, but Reich was the starter for the first three games until Collins was deemed ready to take the starting job. He was sacked 9 times on Sep 3 at Atlanta, a franchise record he shares with Cam Newton. Coincidentally, Reich and Collins hail from rival high schools in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, with Collins having started his high school career at Cedar Crest's crosstown rival, Lebanon High School (although due to age differences, Reich did not play against Collins in high school).

Reich was then signed by the New York Jets where he started for seven games in 1996.

In 1997, Reich signed with the Detroit Lions, reuniting him with his coach at Maryland, Bobby Ross. Reich appeared in 6 games in 1997, all in relief, and 6 games in 1998, including 2 starts. Reich retired following the 1998 NFL season.

In 2014, NFL Hall of Fame Executive Bill Polian, who was general manager of the Bills when they drafted Reich, called him "the greatest backup quarterback in NFL history."[7]

Coaching career

Indianapolis Colts

Reich was a coaching intern for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2007.[8][9] In 2008, he served as an offensive coaching staff assistant for the Colts.[10] After Tony Dungy retired following the 2008 season, former Colts quarterback coach Jim Caldwell took over as head coach and Reich became the new quarterbacks coach.[11] Reich switched to wide receivers coach[12] in 2011 but was dismissed when the entire coaching staff was released after a 2-14 season.

Arizona Cardinals

He was then the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 under head coach Ken Whisenhunt,[13] but Reich, Whisenhunt and other offensive coaches were dismissed on December 31, 2012.

San Diego Chargers

He was hired by the San Diego Chargers along with Whisenhunt in 2013. When Whisenhunt left to become head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator. On January 4, 2016, he was fired from his position as offensive coordinator after the Chargers finished 31st in rushing and struggled on offense.

Philadelphia Eagles

On January 20, 2016, Reich was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, and would win Super Bowl LII with the team after the 2017 regular season.[14][15]

Return to Indianapolis

On February 11, 2018, he was named the new head coach of the Colts, seven years after he had been fired as wide receivers coach.[16][17][18]

After losing his first career game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Reich earned his first win as a head coach over the Washington Redskins.[19] In Week 3 against his former team the Eagles, with the Colts down 20–16 with seconds left in the game, Reich pulled starting quarterback Andrew Luck and put in Jacoby Brissett to attempt a Hail Mary pass from his own 46-yard line. Brissett overthrew several players in the back of the end zone and the Colts lost the game. The move was questioned by some journalists and fans, and led to some speculation about the health of Luck's shoulder, although Reich and Luck both said it was purely because Brissett had a stronger throwing arm.[20] The following week against the Houston Texans, Luck led the Colts back from down 28–10 in the third quarter, including a game-tying two point conversion with :51 left, however the team lost in overtime, 37–34. Reich was the center of controversy after Indianapolis failed to convert a 4th and 4 on their own 43 and the Texans kicked the game-winning field goal, although he afterword said "I'll just address it now. We're not playing to tie. We're going for it 10 times out of 10."[21] After a 1-5 start to the season, Reich led the Colts to a 10-6 record, winning nine of their final 10 games.

Indianapolis became just the third team in NFL history to make the playoffs following a 1-5 start, and also their reached their first postseason appearance since 2014. In the Wild Card playoff game they defeated the Houston Texans 21-7 before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13 in the divisional round.[22]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND 2018 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC South 1 1 .500 Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Divisional Game.
Total 10 6 0 .625 1 1 .500

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Frank Reich has served:

Personal life

Reich's German American father, Frank, played for Penn State from 1953 to 1955 as a center and linebacker.[23] He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 14th round of the 1956 NFL Draft, but did not play in the National Football League. Frank Reich Sr. was a Technology Education Teacher and football coach at Lebanon High School and retired in 1992.

Throughout Reich's NFL career, he remained a devout Christian. He is a motivational speaker utilizing the great comebacks and the importance of God as a main keynote of his speeches. He credits the song "In Christ Alone" by Michael English as his inspiration. He belongs to the Premier Speakers Bureau where his main topics are communication and teamwork. Reich attended the Charlotte Campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina,[24] where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He served as president of RTS' Charlotte campus from 2003 to 2006.[25] Reich was also a pastor at Ballantyne Presbyterian until he moved to Indianapolis.[26]


  1. ^ "Super Bowl Tradition". PSFCA Big 33. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra. "From Seminary President to NFL Head Coach". The Gospel Coalition. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  3. ^ This comeback from 31 points down has since been exceeded by the Michigan State Spartans' 41–38 comeback win in 2006 over the Northwestern Wildcats during which Michigan State trailed 38–3 in the third quarter.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills - October 16th, 1989". Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bills and Eagles Turn Mountains Into Molehill; Buffalo Erases 32-Point Deficit". New York Times. January 4, 1993. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Reich Leaves Bills' Bench For Panthers". Chicago Tribune. March 28, 1995. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Caught in the Draft: 1985", NFL Network, 2014
  8. ^ "Frank Reich". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Walker, Andrew (February 11, 2018). "Peyton Manning On Frank Reich: 'Tireless Worker,' 'Grinder'". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Coaches". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Coaches Roster". 2009. February 12, 2009.
  12. ^ "Coach".
  13. ^ " - Coaches". Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Frank Reich joins Eagles as offensive coordinator". Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  15. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Press Release: Indianapolis Colts Name Frank Reich Team's New Head Coach" (Press release). Indianapolis Colts. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (February 11, 2018). "Indianapolis Colts hire Frank Reich to be next coach". National Football League. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Wells, Mike (February 11, 2018). "Eagles OC Frank Reich named new Colts coach". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "Doyel: A star is born in Colts linebacker Darius Leonard". IndyStar. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Still not 100 percent? Colts pull Andrew Luck off field for Hail Mary".
  21. ^ "The Colts' way-too-aggressive fourth-down call handed the Texans a win in OT".
  22. ^
  23. ^ Tuscano, John (August 1, 2009). "Tezak family's athletic accomplishments span many generations, sports". The Patriot-News. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  24. ^ Aaron Little and Andrew Knox. "Frank About His Faith". Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  25. ^ Erica Parkerson (July 22, 2003). "In Christ Alone". The Charlotte World. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  26. ^ "RTS-Charlotte President Frank Reich Accepts Call". RTS Enews. March 21, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.

External links

1983 Florida Citrus Bowl

The 1983 Florida Citrus Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 17, 1983 at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game pitted the Tennessee Volunteers and the Maryland Terrapins.

1984 Maryland Terrapins football team

The 1984 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Terrapins won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the second consecutive season.

1984 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1984 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 59th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 8–5 overall. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they lost to UCLA, 39-37.

1984 Sun Bowl

The 1984 Sun Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Tennessee Volunteers and the Maryland Terrapins.

1985 Buffalo Bills season

The 1985 Buffalo Bills season was the 26th season for the club and its sixteenth in the National Football League (NFL). It was Buffalo’s second-consecutive 2–14 season. Head coach Kay Stephenson was fired after an 0–4 start. Defensive coordinator Hank Bullough took over, going 2–10 for the remainder of the season.

2018 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2018 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 66th in the National Football League and their 35th in Indianapolis. It was also their first season under head coach Frank Reich and second under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard. Despite a 1–5 start, the Colts managed to improve on their 4–12 campaign with a 38-10 victory over the Tennesee Titans which also included a 5 game winning streak. On Week 16, the Colts achieved their first winning season since 2014 with a 28–27 win against the New York Giants. The next week, they beat the Tennessee Titans in a win or go home match-up to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and became the third team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs after a 1–5 start and first since the 2015 Chiefs.

In the Wild Card Round, the Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21–7, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round 13–31 ending their season.

2019 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2019 season will be the Indianapolis Colts' upcoming 67th in the National Football League and their 36th in Indianapolis. It is also their second season under head coach Frank Reich and third under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.

Active NFL head coach career Super Bowl history

There are 32 head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) for the 32 respective teams. Nineteen of the current head coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as either a head coach, assistant coach, or as a player throughout their career in the NFL, while all but 3 have participated in at least one. Bill Belichick has the most Super Bowl wins throughout his career among active head coaches with 8 (6 as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator), as well the most losses with 4 (3 as a head coach). Doug Marrone, Matt Nagy and Kliff Kingsbury are the only coaches who have never won or lost a Super Bowl having never made it to one. Six of the coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as a head coach with their current teams, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. Additionally, Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII while the head coach for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Anthony Walker Jr.

Anthony Laron Walker Jr. (born August 8, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Northwestern University Wildcats and was drafted by the Colts in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Darrell Fullington

Darrell L. Fullington (born April 17, 1964) is a former American football free safety.

Fullington was drafted fifth round out of the University of Miami to the Minnesota Vikings in 1988. Darrell was also with the New England Patriots, waived by them in September 1991 and eventually claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started for most of the 1992 season, having been primarily a nickel back and special teamer under Bucs coach Richard Williamson.

Fullington's name is synonymous with that of all-time University of Maryland quarterback Frank Reich, in the November 10, 1984 game with Miami and Maryland. Frank Reich produced what was then the greatest comeback in college football history as Maryland rallied from a 31-0 deficit to beat defending national champion Miami, 42-40.

Fullington is also a celebrity participant in the annual Regency Homes MDA Celebrity Golf Classic held for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is also an assistant football coach at Miami Jackson High School in Miami, Florida.

He is now the head coach of the Weston Warriors.

Four Falls of Buffalo

Four Falls of Buffalo is a 2015 documentary film produced for ESPN's 30 for 30 series and directed by Ken Rodgers of NFL Films. The film profiles the Buffalo Bills teams of the early 1990s, when the franchise became the first team to play in — and lose — four consecutive Super Bowls.The film goes through the Bills four "Super Bowl" years featuring retrospectives and insight on such famous plays as Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal miss at the end of Super Bowl XXV, Thurman Thomas' misplaced helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI, and Don Beebe's strip of Leon Lett's attempted fumble return in Super Bowl XXVII. Former Bills players Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Don Beebe, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Frank Reich, coach Marv Levy, and general manager Bill Polian all gave extensive interviews for the film.A highlight of the documentary is an emotional interview with Norwood and former Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven conducted on the steps of Buffalo City Hall, the site where, twenty-five years before, the crowd of Bills fans had cheered for Norwood following his ill-fated kick.

Joe Krivak

Joseph J. Krivak (March 20, 1935 – December 25, 2012) was an American football player and coach. He served as head coach for the Maryland Terrapins football team from 1987 to 1991, where he compiled a 20–34–2 record. He also served as an assistant coach at Maryland, Syracuse, Navy, and Virginia. As a coach at Maryland, Krivak mentored future National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Neil O'Donnell, Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh, and Scott Zolak. In all, he coached on seven Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship team staffs and in 14 bowl games as an assistant or head coach.

List of Buffalo Bills starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. The Bills are a professional American football franchise based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. The team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The quarterbacks are listed in order of the date of each player's first start for the team at that position.

List of Carolina Panthers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

List of Detroit Lions starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Lions.

List of Indianapolis Colts head coaches

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The team was known as the Baltimore Colts for 31 seasons before moving to Indianapolis in March 1984.There have been 19 head coaches for the Colts franchise. Keith Molesworth became the first coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, but he was reassigned to a different position with the team following the season. In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has led the team for more games (112) and more complete seasons (nine) than any other head coach. He led the team to two of their NFL championships. Three Colts head coaches; Ewbank, Don Shula (3), and Ted Marchibroda, have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Ewbank and Shula are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978 and 1997 respectively.Six times in Colts history there were interim head coaches. In 1972, Don McCafferty was fired five games into the season. John Sandusky was named as the interim head coach for the rest of the season, during which he led the Colts to a 4–5 record, but he was not made the permanent coach the next year. In 1974, head coach Howard Schnellenberger started off the season 0–3 and was fired. Joe Thomas assumed the duties of head coach and finished the season at 2–12. In 1991, the Colts started off 0–5 and Ron Meyer was fired as head coach. Rick Venturi was named as the interim for the final 11 games. In 2005 Tony Dungy was forced to miss one game due to personal issues. Jim Caldwell was named as the one game interim. In 2012 offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was named as the interim head coach indefinitely after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the 2012 NFL season. Arians led the Colts to a 9–3 record – the record being credited to Pagano – and made the playoffs.

List of Maryland Terrapins quarterbacks

This is a list of the individuals who have played college football as a quarterback at the University of Maryland. The Maryland Terrapins have produced several prominent quarterbacks. Starting with three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships from 1983 to 1985, the program was sometimes referred to as "Quarterback U". Since then, Maryland quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh, Neil O'Donnell, Scott Zolak, and Scott Milanovich have been considered part of that tradition.

List of New York Jets starting quarterbacks

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Super Bowl XXVII

Super Bowl XXVII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1992 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 52–17, winning their third Super Bowl in team history, and their first one in 15 years. This game is tied with Super Bowl XXXVII as the third-highest scoring Super Bowl ever with 69 combined points. The Bills became the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls, and just the second team to play in three straight (the Miami Dolphins played in Super Bowls VI–VIII, winning VII and VIII). The game was played on January 31, 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the seventh Super Bowl held in the Greater Los Angeles Area. To date, this game represents the mid-point game in Super Bowl history as there are 26 Super Bowls both preceding and following it.

The Bills advanced to their third consecutive Super Bowl after posting an 11–5 regular season record, but entered the playoffs as a wild card after losing tiebreakers. The Cowboys were making their sixth Super Bowl appearance after posting a 13–3 regular season record. It was the first time that the two franchises had played each other since 1984.

The Cowboys scored 35 points off of a Super Bowl-record nine Buffalo turnovers, including three first half touchdowns. Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich, who replaced injured starter Jim Kelly in the second quarter, threw a 40-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to cut the lead to 31–17. Dallas then scored three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns for a passer rating of 140.6, while also rushing for 28 yards.

In response to the Fox Network's Super Bowl counterprogramming of a special episode of In Living Color during the previous year, the NFL booked Michael Jackson to perform during the entire Super Bowl XXVII halftime show. Jackson's performance started the league's trend of signing top acts to appear during the Super Bowl to attract more viewers and interest.

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