Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich stood at the
After his team’s 41-15 upset victory at Buffalo, Reich referred to the song, which improved the Colts’ record to 6-5 and boosted their playoff hopes with six games remaining.
Reich, a devout Christian, also mentioned the song in his postgame press conference after leading the Buffalo Bills to a historic 41-38 comeback victory over Houston in 1993, when they trailed 35-3. It is still the greatest comeback victory in NFL history.
Reich said in a press conference on Sunday that he rarely talks about his faith in press conferences, but he “wanted to offer a word of encouragement” to “anyone out there who is going through a difficult time.” He stated that he had “a couple of friends in mind.”
podium Sunday and recited the popular Christian song In Christ Alone for the third time during a postgame press conference, saying he wanted to encourage those who are struggling in life.
He also mentioned that the Indianapolis Colts are using the metaphor of “climbing Mt. Everest to parallel our quest to reach the summit.”
He continued, “And I want to give a personal account of where I found my strength for the journey.” “The reason I’m doing it now is because almost 30 years ago, right after a big game, in a press conference down the hall, I shared the lyrics to a song that meant a lot to me – that really spoke to where I get my strength from.”
“The song is called In Christ Alone, and it was written by Shawn Craig,” Reich said, referring to the Phillips version co-written by Craig and Dean. (Not to be confused with Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend’s song of the same name.)
“I’m not going to recite the entire song like I did back in 1993 in the locker room. But I’d like to share just a small portion of it. It might inspire someone who is currently climbing their own mountain “Reich remarked. “‘I place my trust in Christ alone,’ says the chorus. And it is in the power of the cross that I find my glory. Let it be said of me in every victory that Christ alone is my source of strength and hope.'”
Reich said his favorite line in the song is from the second verse: “I seek no greater honor than to know Him more,” he said.
“So, even though it was almost 30 years ago, when I read those words here in this stadium this week, I was reminded that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” says Hebrews 13:8.
“It’s incredible that we’re still here, but we’re here 30 years later, not living in the past but attempting to move forward.” So my advice is to keep climbing and to find the strength and power you require in Jesus Christ.”
Reich is in his fourth season as the Colts’ head coach, and he has twice led them to the playoffs. From 2003 to 2006, he was president of the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. He then became a pastor before joining the NFL as an assistant coach in 2008.