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Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's son dies at Eagles training camp; OD suspected

By Rob Cypher, Aug 6, 2012 | Updated: Aug 6, 2012 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club's training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

    The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

    ''There were no suspicious activities,'' Shupp said.

    The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.

    Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles' strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches' sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.

    In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20s, Reid said he ''got a thrill'' out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents' suburban Villanova mansion.

    ''I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,'' Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. ''I could go anywhere in the 'hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.''

    At his sentencing hearing, Reid told the judge: ''I don't want to die doing drugs. I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion.''

    His younger brother, Britt, also had problems with drug use and was arrested on the same day as Garrett in 2007 for a road-rage encounter. Police discovered weapons and drugs in Britt Reid's vehicle.

    The Eagles practiced Sunday morning after gathering for a team prayer, but Andy Reid was not present. Assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo ran the team's walkthrough and will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns. Owner Jeffery Lurie said he expected Reid back this week.

    The afternoon session Sunday went on, but Lurie canceled his annual state of the team address.

    ''Today is one of life's tough days,'' Lurie said. ''Andy is a rock solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. And today, he exhibited it all. It's unimaginable. We've all suffered - most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable. Losing a child is unimaginable - the pain. Again, he is rock solid.''

    Expressions of sympathy came from everywhere around the league.

    ''My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family,'' quarterback Michael Vick tweeted. ''Stay strong and we LOVE you coach.''

    Said Commissioner Roger Goodell: ''We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time.''

    Authorities had few details about Garrett Reid's death.

    ''What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and (were) requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male,'' said Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek. ''We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh campus police department and I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene.''

    Andy Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence from the Eagles during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family.

    Reid is in his 14th season in Philadelphia. He's led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

    ''We've been with Andy for a long time. He's always been strong for us; we're going to be strong for him right now,'' Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. ''As a father and a friend, we're all hurting.'



  1. ZenobiaSky
    Reid's death drug related

    BETHLEHEM, PA. — The sudden death of Andy Reid’s eldest son, Garrett Reid, was drug-related, the Reid family confirmed Monday night in a released statement.

    Garrett, who had seemingly turned around his life in the past year after struggling with addiction for several years, was found unresponsive by police early Sunday morning in his dorm at Lehigh, where he had been helping the Eagles’ strength and conditioning staff.

    The county coroner pronounced him dead shortly after, turning an exciting time for the franchise into a state of mourning and grief for the 29-year-old son of the Eagles’ longtime head coach.

    Even though several players said Wednesday that they would be stunned if Garrett had relapsed, the Reid family released a statement confirming that drugs were involved Garrett’s death.

    “Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit,” the statement said. “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.”

    The statement intended to acknowledge that Garrett’s death was drug-related, a team spokesperson said.
    Lehigh University police didn’t offer any additional information about Garrett’s death and still hadn’t revealed a cause by press time.

    The police department issued a statement in the afternoon in conjunction with the Northampton County district attorney and coroner that said no further information was available.

    On Sunday, Lehigh chief of police Edward Shupp said that Garrett’s death was not suspicious.

    The family’s admission that Garrett had relapsed must have shocked several players who earlier in the day had described Reid’s son as happy-go-lucky and carefree and with a passion for fitness and strength training.
    Their accounts conflicted with images of Garrett from 2007, when his arrest on drug charges dragged his grapple with drug addiction into the national spotlight.

    Garrett’s addiction had dated back to 2002.

    “I didn’t sense anything at all,” left guard Evan Mathis said. “Being around him multiple hours of the day, in my eyes, he was perfectly fine. He was happy. He was having a good time. I didn’t sense anything wrong at all.”

    Andy Reid wasn’t with the team for Monday’s practice and it’s unknown when he plans to return. The team is off today and will attend Garrett’s funeral today in Broomall, Pa. The Eagles open their preseason Thursday night against the Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Veteran right tackle Todd Herremans, entering his eighth season, described Garrett as “fun-loving” and approachable, an outgoing type.

    “I knew Garrett well,” he said. “He always had something to say to you. He would go out of his way to actually come over and talk to you if you were walking on the sidewalk. He was a good dude.”
    Quarterback Michael Vick said he would miss Garrett’s smile.

    “That is what I enjoyed each and every day,” Vick said.

    In the past year, Garrett had started to spend more time around the Eagles and assist Barry Rubin, the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

    Garrett didn’t technically work for the team, but several players recalled his proficient knowledge of fitness and strength training.

    “He was putting a lot of work into it, he would read a lot, do a lot of research into the strength aspect of football, and that was his goal, to one day be in that area as a head (strength) guy,” center Jason Kelce said. “He was good. He knew a lot of stuff. He was working under Barry and doing what Barry was saying and doing his own research on other philosophies. He used to talk to me about it all the time.”

    Reserve linebacker Casey Matthews joked that Garrett “was like a meathead,” a laugh monger who’d frequently flex his biceps shirtless in front of mirrors while people were watching just to see their reactions.
    Garrett’s man’s-man sense of humor, which meshed well in the overly masculine environment of an NFL locker room, stood out among many of the players’ memories.

    “Garrett was just fun to be around; he was hilarious,” Mathis said. “He was a funny guy. He was a comedian. He liked to have fun. He liked to come up to you and crack jokes. Two days ago, he was in the weight room picking on me. That’s just the way he was. He was fun to be around.”

    Which made the revelation that his death was related to drugs even more confounding. Many of the Eagles had believed Garrett had finally straightened out his life.

    The Daily Journal.com Written by Geoff Mosher The News Journal

  2. hookedonhelping
    Re: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's son dies at Eagles training camp; OD suspec

    It seems Andy Reid is catching a whole lotta heat for returning to the job so soon. This was the topic of discussion on the Jim Rome show today.

    Personally, I agree with a lot of people who called in the show and said plainly, if you haven't lost a son, then you don't know what it's like to grieve for such a loss. People grieve in all different ways, and if keeping your head down and getting on with the show is your way of coping, then do whatever it takes for you to get through a extremely difficult time. I think that in itself is the definition of, "Mans Game".
  3. Rob Cypher
    Re: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's son dies at Eagles training camp; OD suspec

    Yeah, but some blame Reid's devotion to the game as the reasons why both of his sons are "wayward", so to speak. IOW, they're saying he paid more attention to football than his own kids. I dunno about that...but his extremely quick reimmersion into his job doesn't help counter that argument.

    Sylvester Stallone appears to be pulling the right balance between "work" ("The Expendables 2") and "grieving" (for his recently deceased son Sage), IMO. I have to wonder if Reid is using work to avoid the issue and whether or not that issue will end up affecting his coaching ability anyway, regardless. It has to be constantly distracting (and depressing) for him, at the very least.

    My opinion? Reid should've took a week off and mourned while his assistant coaches got some valuable HC-style experience (even if it's just a pre-season game). In fact, I find it odd that he wouldn't take this game off; it's not even remotely important for anything other than seeing which backups are worth keeping; and those decisions aren't usually finalized until the last or second to last pre-season game.
  4. MightyBlaze
    Re: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's son dies at Eagles training camp; OD suspec

    Thoughts and prayers go to Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles.


    - a patriots fan
  5. source
    Garrett Reid Died Of Heroin Overdose

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29090&stc=1&d=1350666943[/imgl]A coroner said Thursday that an accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.

    Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek announced the findings with investigators, who said numerous syringes and needles were discovered in a gym bag in Garrett Reid’s room.

    Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Easton, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during training camp.

    He was a recovering drug addict who had seemingly turned his life around. His father, Andy Reid, had indicated that his 29-year-old son may have had a relapse.

    Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that investigators found 47 syringes and 65 needles in the younger Reid’s gym bag, many of them unopened.

    Also found were syringes and spoons, too.

    “We are confident today that Mr. Reid’s death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin,” he said.

    Morganelli said the investigation is now examining from whom Garrett Reid got the narcotics and the drug paraphernalia.

    He also said that besides the heroin, investigators found 19 vials of an unknown liquid, but did not say what they contained.

    “We’re not sure, exactly, what those substances are at this time,” he said, adding they were also in the bag but had nothing to do with Garrett Reid’s death.

    October 18, 2012 1:48 PM, CBS Chicago
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