Morning Muse: Sadness and support from around the NFL for the Reid family


Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and his family laid their eldest son, Garrett Reid, to rest on Tuesday. In a day of unimaginable sadness, over 900 people showed their support for the Reids. Their was a massive outpouring of support from the NFL. Current players attended en masse; former Eagles like Donovan McNabb, Jeremiah Trotter, and Brian Westbook were in attendance; head coaches Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh were present; and new Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, with whom coach Reid grew close during his time in Green Bay. Even commissioner Roger Goodell was present to pay his respects.

Of the funeral service, the words of team owner Jeffrey Lurie were particularly beautiful, expressing the duality of the grieving process: “It was filled with grief and love, and that’s the nature of sadness. There’s not a lot of grief if you don’t love, and there’s not a lot of love if you don’t grieve.”

Various perspectives on the day and related news:

A full account of Tuesday’s service from Les Bowen – Daily News

More details about the services and the attendees, with some video footage – CSNPhilly

Rookie Diary is a cool feature on the Eagles official website gives unique insight into how the players, rookies in particular, have experienced the tragedy of Garrett’s death –

Though the recent statement of the Reid family indicates that Garrett’s death was related to drugs, there is word that it will take weeks for an official determination to be reached. – Delaware Online

It’s unfathomable to many, but Jeffrrey Lurie again says that Reid will likely coach Thursday’s preseasoner opener against the Steelers – ProFootballTalk

In this team, Andy Reid needs our support, not judgement. Only he knows the right path to pursue in the healing process and that standpoint is articulated very well here.. – Yahoo! Sports

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