It is still shocking and depressing. It hurts.
That’s the best way to describe the death of Garrett Reid, who was the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid. It took place a week ago at Eagles training camp, and it feels like yesterday.
The Eagles head coach has handled it well publicly, but there is no question he is still grieving privately. When it comes to grieving a loved one, it is not something that one can easily or quickly get over.
Reid used football as a way to help him get through it. He likes the camaraderie and the grind that help him live a normal life. It’s no different than what any person would do when they are trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.
It’s not easy for Reid; it never is. Losing a loved one to death is not easy for anyone, and it is something no one should wish for anyone. There is no question something in him died when he found out his son was dead on a Sunday morning before what should be another day of work in training camp. The thought of now thinking about this is depressing. It never goes away.
There has been compassion by Eagles fans for what Reid has gone through. He received a standing ovation and a chant of “ANDY! ANDY! ANDY!” as he coached his first game at home since the news came out about his son. It was something he appreciated it, and he made it a point to acknowledge the fans for their goodwill after the game.
Still, that is never going to be enough to compensate what Reid is going through. Nothing can cover the loss of a son. A father should never ever have to grieve his son. In fact, a son or daughter shouldn’t have to bury his or her parent. It’s not what life should be about. That’s the world we live in unfortunately. Death is the cruel thing about life.
Fortunately for Reid, his Mormon faith will allow him to get through it with the idea he will see his son again.
There’s no question his son’s death will change the way Reid does his business. For one thing, he will come off more as human rather than be cold-blooded when he talks to the media members and the players. He will be more open and sincere. That compassion from others will help him realize he has to change his ways.
Second of all, Reid is going to have to know there is more to life than football. He regrets spending more time in his office than spending time at home. He is more known to spend endless nights studying film and all, and that turned out to be counterproductive with his two sons ending up on the wrong side of the law as they served time in prison.
Coaching in the NFL is pressure as everyone knows. There is so much on the line when it comes to winning. Fans want championships or else they want another coach to get it done, so the head coach will have no choice but to work hard so he can show the fans and his bosses that he has it in him to win it all. It’s something Reid has to change despite him dealing with job security.
Reid has a son and a daughter, and he will probably find a way to spend more time if he can more than ever. It’s the only thing he can learn about the death of his son.
Even then, it’s going to be tough. Death is a life-changing experience for everyone. It is a harsh reality of why life is unfair. It gives a perspective of how much a person is missed once he or she is gone. It’s a loss that can never be recouped.
The Eagles can win so many Lombardi trophies, but Reid would give all of them up if he can get his son back or if it meant his son could still be here with him.
Reid will be coaching with a heavy heart this year. He has made himself a sentimental choice for folks to root for in winning the Super Bowl with the loss of his son. He does not want it to be that way.
If he can have all of it back, he would have his son return, rather than having to mourn and suffer everyday.