A day after the funeral service for son Garrett Reid, Coach Andy Reid returns to practice at Lehigh University.
“I’m a football coach, that’s what I do, and I know my son wouldn’t want it any other way,” stated Reid after Wednesdays morning practice.
Reid will be returning to the team just a day before the team’s first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. All players will be wearing the initials “GR” on their helmets for the rest of the season and will take a moment of silence prior to kickoff in honor and to support Coach Reid and of his son’s loved ones. It was said that an estimated 900 people attended yesterday’s service for the 29-year old deceased Garrett. Commissioner Rodger Goodell, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, former running back Brian Westbrook and even Donovan McNabb were just a few big names that were in attendance.
Garrett has been battling drug abuse for the past decade, and he unfortunately lost the battle too early. With Reid back at camp, one can only wonder how strong of a man he really is. He was a ‘rock’ as San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh but it, a rock that was supporting everyone there and telling them all it was going to be okay.
“I’m a very humble man standing before you, a very humble man,” Reid said. “I’m humble because of the outpouring (of support) not only from the media but from our football team and the fans. It was unbelievable. I’m not sure you ever think that many people care. A very humbling feeling. I know my son would feel the same way. I think that’s all I can say on that part and keep it all together.”