There is a fantastic feature article from Anthony Gargano on Fanhouse.com today in which Eagle head coach Andy Reid talks in great depth about his experience with having two sons go to prison for drug-related offenses. Britt and Garrett Reid are now both free and taking their first steps in getting their lives on the right track.
In Gargano’s article, Reid opens up about parenting, being a public figure going through family problems and how being an NFL coach factored in with everything. Reid also ties his experience with his sons to working with Michael Vick. Here is an excerpt:
"I think it altered my outlook when it came to Michael Vick," (Reid) says. "I think being a coach helped me with the situation and I also think this situation helped me be a coach. I say that because I'm dealing with all kinds of people here, and listen, when you got 80 guys, they all have families and they have situations they have to deal with. I've seen a few. I'm dealing with people so I see that part of it and I see some of the struggles that some of the players go through.
"I think the actual exposure that I faced and went through for this problem helped me to be more sensitive to their situations. It surely helped me with Michael. Just knowing the phases that he went through, knowing what to look for, and then in return making sure that he stays on top of his game.
"He seemed like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders when he got here. It's hard. You're saying all the right things. But it's an insecure ride the whole way when you get out of jail. He's a different guy today when you talk to him than he was back then. And as long as he keeps his nose clean, he will continue to progress and be better for it down the road."