Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his dorm room on the Lehigh University campus this morning. Eagles GM Howie Roseman made the heartbreaking announcement after the team's morning walkthrough. Garrett Reid was 29 years old and, in spite of a history of trouble with the law, he had been working to turn his life around and spending time working with the Eagles' strength coaches at training camp.
Andy Reid spent the morning informing his family of his son's death and did not attend the walkthrough. Roseman said that Reid had asked for training camp to continue as planned in his absence, though he did not say anything about how long the coach would be away. Roseman and the Lehigh University police chief spoke to reporters this morning, but neither took questions.
"We've been with Andy for a long time, and he's always been strong for us," Roseman said. "We're going to be strong for him now. As a father and a friend, we're all hurting."
There's not a lot to say here about football. We've talked so many times on this blog about the oft-neglected fact that these are real people we're yelling at through our TV screens every Sunday afternoon, and stories like this bring that home in the worst possible way. Reid is a football coach, but he's also a man. He's a man who's brought a lot of fun and excitement into the lives of Eagles fans, who surely will spend today putting aside petty past concerns about game management and playoff game losses and grieve along with him. Reid is a man who loves his family, and I literally can't conceive of what he's feeling at this moment. More than I've ever hoped for anything else, I hope I never have to know that feeling.
Sincerest condolences to Andy Reid and his family in this most terrible of times.