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Kolb, who played four years for the Eagles and developed a close relationship with his head coach, said he texted Reid several times after Reid's son, Garrett, died unexpectedly last weekend.
"Obviously," he said, "I told him how I felt. The strong person that he is he got back to me and said, 'Thank you.' "
Like Kolb's ex-teammates, the Cardinals' quarterback knows the Andy Reid the public does not -- which means he knows how much Reid cares about his players. That's why Kolb jumped at the chance to offer his support to Reid.
"I don't think there are very many people in this world who played for him who don't understand what he's all about," he said. "We get to see his personality. He gets up there on the podium [after games or on Mondays], and he's very stoic and short. But we get to see his personality as a team and we know how much he cares for us as individuals.
"Like I said the whole time, it's our time to be strong for him. And I think that's what everybody is trying to do -- rally around him and the family."