Only a day after burying his son, who died on Sunday morning at the Eagles’ training facility at Lehigh University, head coach Andy Reid was back on the job.
Reid met with reporters and expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support after the passing of his son, Garrett, who died at the age of 29. No cause of death has been determined, although Reid said in a statement on Monday that his son lost an eight-year battle with addiction.
“I am a humble man standing before you - very humble man,” Reid said. "I'm humble because of the outpouring, not only from the media but from our football team, from our fans. It was unbelievable. It was unbelievable."
Reid said he returned to the team because he “felt it” in his heart. He also felt that Garrett would have wanted it that way.
"Garrett cared a lot about people," Reid said. "He's always been that way since he was a kid. If there was a kid with a problem he was always putting his arm around that kid and taking care of them. He cared about people. He just got caught up in a bad situation, just a terrible situation that affects a lot of people in this country. It's like fighting a grizzly bear, it's hard to win. It's hard to win."