Reid's family matters more important than football

Although his family issues come at a bad time for the Eagles, Andy Reid had no choice but to put family first, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: February 12, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that coach Andy Reid will take a leave of absence until mid-March to help his two sons deal with a mountain of legal entanglements. As stunning as the Jan. 30 news involving Andy Reid's sons was, there is one more surprising element to the story.

Given the demands of the coaching profession, and the degree of absentee parenting the vocation so often mandates, it's amazing such incidents aren't more commonplace.

That's not a defense ...

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