Andy Reid returning to Eagles Wednesday for team walkthrough, one day after son's funeral
The Eagles announced on Wednesday that Andy Reid will return to the Eagles on Wednesday for their walkthrough, despite the fact that he buried his son, Garrett Reid, on Tuesday.
|Eagles players kneel in prayer before practice. (AP)|
Andy Reid, who spent the past 72 hours handling the death of his son, Garrett Reid, at Eagles training camp would be forgiven if he never wanted to come back to football. He'd certainly be fine to take as much time off as he wanted. Instead, Reid will return to the Eagles on Wednesday for the team's walkthrough.
The team announced that news on Wednesday morning and later in the day an emotional and "humble" Reid spoke to the press about the Eagles and, of course, his son.
"I'm a humble man standing before you. A very humble man. I'm humbled because of the outpouring. Not only from the media, but from our football team, our fans … it was unbelievable," Reid said to open his press conference. "I'm sure you don't ever think that many people care, not that you go in that direction, but it's humbling. It's very humbling and I'm sure my son would feel the same way."
Reid spent Tuesday in Broomall, Pennsylvania at Garrett Reid's funeral, surrounded by over 1,000 friends and family members, many of the former coming from the ranks of the NFL.
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie hinted on Tuesday that Reid could be back on Wednesday, which came as a surprise then and remains surprising now.
"I think so," Lurie said. "We'll see, but all indications are that he probably will be."
But Lurie also made a point that explains why Reid's returning so soon, citing the need to "be around another loving extended family." Lurie also noted that Reid is "comfortable coaching."
"It's a sad situation, it's one my son's been battling for a number of years," Reid said. "It's one our family's been battling and it doesn't mean you don't stop loving your son. That's not what you do. You love him and a lot of families deal with this type of thing. It's a sad situation."
Both points are entirely accurate and make sense from the point of coaching being a cathartic thing for the type of people who are motivated enough to end up becoming head coaches in the NFL. Reid's family is his family, but the Eagles team is also very much like a second family, and as such it's understandable that Reid would like to find his comfort zone and try to move forward.
The Eagles appear to be galvinizing around Reid as well. Michael Vick pointed out Wednesday that he was very close to Garrett and that he's dedicating the season to the Reid family. Additionally, the Eagles will wear a "GR" patch on their uniforms throughout 2012.
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