Andy Reid supervises Philadelphia Eagles training camp after sonís death
Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was pronounced dead on Sunday after his body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University. The 29-year-old Garret Reid had been helping the Philadelphia Eagles strength and conditioning trainers throughout the training camp.
Andy Reid buried his son Tuesday, following a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which was attended by 900 people. Former as well as present NFL coaches, players and general managers from other teams joined the mourners of the late Garrett Reid to show their support and love for the Reid family. The whole Philadelphia Eagles was present at the funeral services and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also made an appearance to pay his respects to the late Garrett Reid.
“It was unbelievable. I'm not sure you ever think that many people care,” said Andy Reid. “I know my son would feel the same way.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to hold a moment of silence for Garrett Reid, before their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. Players will also sport “GR” stickers on their helmets in honor of Garrett Reid.
Andy Reid has remained involved with the team throughout the whole process. Just a few hours after his son’s death on Sunday, Andy Reid met with the Philadelphia Eagles to update them on the situation and then and then again on Wednesday after funeral service for his son.
"I'm a very humble man standing before you, a very humble man," stated Andy Reid. "I'm humble because of the outpouring (of support) not only from the media but from our football team and the fans.”
The whole team feels the impact of the tragic loss and Michael Vick has already stated that the Philadelphia Eagles will step into the new season by dedicating it to Garrett Reid.
"If this can be a small thing that helps them get to know each other better, that’s a positive," said Andy Reid when told about the Philadelphia Eagles players’ intentions. "But they’ve got to be OK first with the situation. That’s why I talked to them the two times that I have.”
Andy Reid was all business as he arrived at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp after missing only two days practice. Andy Reid immediately took charge from Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo who had been coaching the players in his absence.
"You feel the strength of the team. I felt it with my family the past couple of days, and I feel it with the team,” said Andy Reid explaining his quick return to coaching. “I'm a football coach, that's what I do, and I know my son wouldn't want it any other way…He loved the Philadelphia Eagles.”
The police have ruled-out foul-play or suicide in Garrett Reid’s case and they are waiting for the medical examiner’s report to confirm a cause of death. Garrett Reid was a recovering addict. Andy Reid believes his son may have had a recent relapse.
"It's a sad situation and it's one that my son has been battling for a number of years," expressed Andy Reid. “(But) whatever trials and tribulations he had here, he's in a better place."