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Andy Reid says he’s “humble” after outpouring of support

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An emotional Andy Reid returned to practice Wednesday, a day after the Eagles coach attended the funeral of his son Garrett.

Reid told reporters after practice he was overwhelmed by the support he’s received in the three days since his son’s death.

“I’m a humble man standing before you, very humble man,” Reid said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m humble because [of] the outpouring — not only from the media, but our football team, from the fans, it was unbelievable. Unbelievable.

“I’m not sure you think that many people care, not that you go in that direction. But it’s a very humbling feeling. I know my son would feel the same way.”

Reid acknowledged in a statement Monday that his son had lost a long battle with drug addiction, though Reid offered no specifics Wednesday.

“It’s a sad situation, it’s one that my son’s been battling for a number of years, our family’s been battling,” Reid said. “That doesn’t mean you stop loving your son. That’s not what you do. You love him, and a lot of families deal with this type of thing.”

More than 900 people attended Tuesday’s funeral, including many from around the NFL.

Reid plans to coach Thursday night when the Eagles play the Steelers, after leaving practice in the hands of his assistants Sunday and Monday.

“I know that coming back and coaching is the right thing to do,” Reid said. “I know my son wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

Getting back into work will likely help Reid in the short term, diverting his focus from the tragic events of the past few days. It’s no real consolation, but that’s going to be hard to find.

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18 Responses to “Andy Reid says he’s “humble” after outpouring of support”
  1. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:14 PM

    The Eagles needed a spark to ignite their fire, this could be that spark.

    The outcry from everyone in the Delaware Valley (Philly area) was really overwhelming. Andy Reid is going to receive a roaring standing ovation tomorrow night when the Eagles face the Steelers.

    This may make for a great season for the Eagles.

  2. sixjak says: Aug 8, 2012 2:18 PM

    God Bless your family and pay no mind to the self appointed grief experts that say you’re doing it wrong.

  3. waldoampere says: Aug 8, 2012 2:20 PM

    One of the great things about the fans of the NFL is that because of our passion and love of the game we actually feel like we’re a part of the league. As a result, fans from all 32 teams feel for Reid and his family. I loved reading posts on this board from non-Eagles fans who were sending out their condolences. When Cowboy, Redskin, and Giant fans feel for the Eagles and their coach, you know that people feel more like a fraternity than just fans.

  4. jameswestphal says: Aug 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    Nobody should ever have to bury their children. So sad.

  5. txxxchief says: Aug 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    It is tragic for coach Reid to lose his son, whether or not it was due to illicit use of drugs. Society forgets too easily the damage that the abuse of drugs does to persons and their families.

  6. inthearex says: Aug 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    How is it that the first thing that eagles fans think of, is that this tagedy is a “spark”. Think about the man and his family first before you think of what this team will do. Didn’t help the packers last year with philbin. Let the man grieve.

  7. novusanimus says: Aug 8, 2012 2:58 PM

    insanelomein2 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 2:14 PM
    The Eagles needed a spark to ignite their fire, this could be that spark.

    The outcry from everyone in the Delaware Valley (Philly area) was really overwhelming. Andy Reid is going to receive a roaring standing ovation tomorrow night when the Eagles face the Steelers.

    This may make for a great season for the Eagles.

    Seriously dude? That’s what you’re thinking about?

  8. rajbais says: Aug 8, 2012 3:02 PM

    Philadelphia, you’re a city whose and place and personality I love.

    Show how great you are by giving Andy the big comfort and support that he needs.

  9. marvsleezy says: Aug 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    Its ironic that some say his dedication to football hurt his family, and now they say that dedicating himself to football will be part of the grieving process.

  10. mrplow3 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    “The Eagles needed a spark to ignite their fire, this could be that spark.

    The outcry from everyone in the Delaware Valley (Philly area) was really overwhelming. Andy Reid is going to receive a roaring standing ovation tomorrow night when the Eagles face the Steelers.

    This may make for a great season for the Eagles.”

    What a downright ghoulish comment to make. I honestly have no words for this type of thinking.

  11. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    inthearex says: Aug 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    How is it that the first thing that eagles fans think of, is that this tagedy is a “spark”. Think about the man and his family first before you think of what this team will do. Didn’t help the packers last year with philbin. Let the man grieve.
    ———————–
    To suggest that all us Eagle fans are like that is very flaud thinking of you. Every fanbase has good and bad fans just like everyone else. There is no different characteristic that Eagles fans have that others do not. So sick of that in sports…

  12. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:55 PM

    inthearex says:

    How is it that the first thing that eagles fans think of, is that this tagedy is a “spark”. Think about the man and his family first before you think of what this team will do. Didn’t help the packers last year with philbin. Let the man grieve.
    ———————————————–

    Saints used Katrina as a spark for their SB run.

    Colts used Dungy’s sons death as a spark for their SB run.

    Im not saying that I dont feel sadness for Reid that his son died but life does go on. Hell Reid is at training camp today and he buried his son yesterday.

    You must be a Philly hater. Please go ahead and tell me how the Eagle fans threw snowballs at Santa too.

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:58 PM

    Andy Reid was an enabler.
    Just don’t think I’d hire my 29-year-old drug-addict son to a lucrative job in the Naional Football League so he could feed his well-known drug habit.
    Instead, I’d point him in the direction of a Burger King and tell him that I refuse to be a part of his suicide.
    If coaches can’t control their own family members, how are they expected to handle a team filled with adult millionaires?

  14. daysend564 says: Aug 8, 2012 4:00 PM

    insanelomein2 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 2:14 PM
    The Eagles needed a spark to ignite their fire, this could be that spark.
    ——————————
    So, if/when they fail, he should have stepped away for a year to get himself together.

    For Philly fans, there is no middle ground. Either it was what they needed to get over the top and thus he overcame great adveristy to bring the city its first title or it was too much of a distraction, he let it get in the way of his coaching and he should be fired.

  15. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2012 4:15 PM

    No if/when he fails to make the playoffs and goes 8-8 again or even worse then yes he should be fired.

    If/when Reid has his classic bad clock management or horrific late game play calling then national pundants and other fanbases alike will say “it’s the result of the tragedy weighing on his mind” or if they actually win the chip this year it will be “Reid rallies the troops amid adversity”.

    Like it or not this story will be headline the Eagles season.

  16. janvanflac says: Aug 8, 2012 4:45 PM


    Just don’t think I’d hire my 29-year-old drug-addict son to a lucrative job in the Naional Football League so he could feed his well-known drug habit.”

    What an awful and misguided comment. He probably thought the best thing was to keep the kid close by so that he could be watched.

    Obviously it wasn’t enough but better then sending him off to fend for himself.

  17. wethog66 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:50 PM

    As a Skins fan I don’t have a lot of love in my heart for anything Philly, but I respect Andy Reid as a Man first and a football coach second. No parent should have to bury a son or daughter. As a Parent myself I can only imagine the pain Reid and his family are enduring at this time. I wish them nothing but the best moving forward.

  18. josiewales69 says: Aug 9, 2012 12:03 AM

    god bless you and your family mr. reid.

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