Before the game several members of the Steelers organization, including Dan and Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin, came to the Eagles locker room to offer Reid their condolences. It was a big gesture, but not the biggest of the night.
With about four minutes remaining in the first quarter, a message from the Reids appeared on the Jumbotron thanking the fans for their support. This time a cheer was in order, followed by chants of simply, “Andy! Andy!”
“I did [hear them],” said Reid. “I take that as a compliment to my son and my family. That’s a humbling thing. I appreciate every bit of it. We feel the love. And during these kind of times that’s important.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast locally on 6-ABC.
Tim and I will be there, and we’ll be hosting a live chat right here, so be sure to join us.
Meanwhile, here’s a cheat-sheet for you: 10 things to keep an eye on this evening.
A scene that none of us could have imagined, in the fourth day of a week none of us were prepared for. Andy Reid stepping out of his black SUV and back onto the practice field, almost exactly 24 hours after the funeral services for his son, Garrett, began.
After a quiet and surreal walkthrough that lasted about a half-hour, Reid made his way over to the media tent and took to the podium.
“I’m a humble man standing before you. A very humble man,” he said. “I’m humble because of the outpouring, not only from the media but from our football team, from the fans, it was unbelievable. I’m not sure you ever think that many people care – not that you go in that direction – but it’s a very humbling feeling. And I know my son would feel the same way.”
Three days after Andy Reid found out his son had died, and 24 hours after laying him to rest, the Eagles head coach was back on the practice fields at Lehigh.
“I was a bit surprised, but everybody is entitled to what they want to do, and how they feel,” Vick said. “We don’t know what he’s feeling or his means of dealing with certain things. Everybody deals with situations differently.”
More than 90 minutes later, the doors closed, and they had all finally made their way inside to pay respects to Garrett William Reid, who died Sunday morning on the Lehigh University campus at the age of 29.
By the time Eagles quarterback Michael Vick arrived a little before 10 a.m., the line had formed an L-Shape around the back entrance. A church representative estimated that around 900 guests were in attendance for the service, which began a little after 11 a.m.
Each morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles Wake-up Call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today, we have the latest on Garrett Reid. And on the football side of things, Terrell Owens finds a team, plus Chris Polk makes his presence felt.
Andy Reid released a statement on behalf of his family Monday evening.
The wording strongly suggests that Garrett Reid’s death was drug-related.
“Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one,” the statement read. “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.”
Eagles past and present are expected to join representatives from across the NFL Tuesday at the services for Andy Reid‘s oldest son, Garrett. Donovan McNabb […]