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Garrett Reid’s death ruled a heroin overdose


On Thursday came a reminder of the personal crisis facing Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid alongside his professional battle.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek released his report on the death of Garrett Reid, 29, the coach’s eldest son. It was what the family expected and alluded to in their initial statement about the tragedy: an accidental heroin overdose. The family responsed as follows:

“These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along. We understood that Garrett’s long-standing battle with addiction was going to be difficult. He will, however, always have our family’s love and respect for the courage he showed in trying to overcome it. In the end, we take comfort in our faith and know that he’s in a better place. We miss Garrett. We miss his smile, his laugh, and his energy and we will forever love him.

“There are many other individuals and families engaged in this struggle in their own lives, and they will always have our support, encouragement, and understanding. Never give up!”

It’s wonderful the Reid family is keeping other families struggling with drug addiction close to their hearts as they continue to grieve  their loss.

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Steelers v. Eagles: Let the Preseason Begin!


Are you read for some football, Eagles fans? Yes, it may be “only” a preseason game but I’m excited. It’s that time of year when any football at all will help to fill the void that’s existed for the past 6 months.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, August 9, 2012
7:30 pm
Radio: WIP (610 AM and 94.1 FM)

 The teams across from the state from one another meet again in the preseason. In last year’s contest, the Steelers defeated the Birds 24-14 at Heinz Field.

What to watch for from the Birds:

-Expect a long, rousing, heartfelt response to the crowd for Andy Reid. Mike Vick has said that the 2012 season is dedicated to Reid’s deceased son, Garrett, and the crowd is going to show the Eagles head coach just how much his courage and commitment to the team meant to them. I don’t have to tell you that Philadelphia has not been a very hospitable environment for Reid, particularly in the past year, but he is going to continue feel the love of Eagles Nation more than he ever has before.

-Quarterbacks: Trent Edwards is still on the roster and he, along with starter Mike Vick, rookie Nick Foles, and Mike Kafka, who is favored to win the #2 spot, will each play a quarter in tomorrow’s game. This will provide an important gauge of how the backup competition is, how far Foles has progressed, and if concerns about Kafka’s ability to throw the deep ball can be quieted. Continue reading ‘Steelers v. Eagles: Let the Preseason Begin!’

Andy Reid shows faith, courage and humility in return to Philadelphia Eagles


Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid remarkably resumed his coaching duties on Wednesday, just one day after laying his oldest son, Garrett, to rest.

In addressing the media for the first time since Garrett’s death on Sunday, Reid showed tremendous strength but also humility in describing his feelings on the outpouring of support from all of his families–his blood relatives, his football family in the Philadelphia Eagles, and his larger family in the National Football League. Continue reading ‘Andy Reid shows faith, courage and humility in return to Philadelphia Eagles’

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: Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Sadness and support from around the NFL for the Reid family’

Reid family issues statement about Garrett’s passing


The Reid family issued the following statement via the Philadelphia Eagles:

On behalf of Tammy and our family, I would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support, love, kind words and prayers during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express our sense of loss.

We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly. We will never forget him, and we will remember him with love.

Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart.

I spoke with the team yesterday and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers. I asked them to continue with their preparations for the upcoming season until I am ready to rejoin the team.

It is in times like these that we lean on our faith, our family, our friends, and our Eagles family. We will do so in the difficult times ahead.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Andy Reid

This situation doesn’t get any less heartbreaking.

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