Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL, with 14 years of service in Philly. At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that the Eagles are almost as much his family as his actual family is.
So, it should come as little surprise that sources close to the team are saying that Reid is expected to be on the sidelines for the Eagles when they play the Philadelphia Steelers this Thursday night, just days after his eldest son, Garrett Reid, was found dead.
Garrett Reid was discovered without vital signs in his dorm room at the Eagles’ training camp barracks yesterday morning. The cause of death is still unknown, though authorities have said that they have ruled out suicide and foul play. In the past, Garrett Reid had battled drug addiction and was even jailed at one point. The Reid family seemed to confirm that Garrett’s death was drug-related in a statement they released yesterday.
Andy Reid is currently away from his team and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has said that he is free to take as much time as he needs.
Sports, and football in particular, has a long history of athletes and coaches returning to compete just days after family tragedy. Perhaps participating in your life’s passion has a healing effect.