I caught up with Marv Levy on Monday afternoon to ask him about Frank Reich becoming the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Levy couldn't recall any other of his former players becoming head men in the NFL. I couldn't, either. Speaking from his home in California, the Hall of Famer was thrilled to see Reich get his chance.
"Oh, boy," Levy said. "I had sent a letter of support for Frank to Jim Irsay and their general manager, Chris Ballard. I think it's a great selection, really."
Levy said it was about time for Reich to get a head job. He talked about Reich's work with Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and, more recently, Carson Wentz and Nick Foles with the Super Bowl champion Eagles.
"He's a wonderful teacher, outstanding citizen and teammate, works well with people in the organization," Levy said of Reich. "I just think it's a fortunate pick for the Colts."
I asked Levy about the notion that Reich seemed like a coach even when he was a Buffalo Bills backup, helping Jim Kelly along the way
"That's a very good observation," Levy said, "because I think he was. Jim Kelly told me 'Frank helped me be the quarterback and the person that I was.' He had a great impact. After I retired, I did a TV show on FOX with Boomer Esiason and he told me the same thing about Frank. He was Boomer's backup in college (at Maryland)."