The Philadelphia Inquirer, Published August 05 2012
Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach, found dead
Reid’s body was discovered by an Eagles official, who called police to report that he was unresponsive, said Edward Shupp, the Lehigh University police chief. Shupp declined to identify the Eagles official was, but said it was not Andy Reid.
“There is no indication of a suicide or foul play,” Shupp said. An autopsy is expected to be completed within 48 hours, he said.
Garret Reid, 29, had been assisting the team, helping out with strength and conditioning during training camp. Garrett Reid had a troubled past that involved drug addiction and stints in prison.
“This is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even harder for us to process.”
Garrett is the eldest of Andy and Tammy Reid’s five children. Roseman said that Andy Reid spent the morning informing his family and Eagles owners Jeffrey and Christina Lurie.
“I’ve watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years,” Jeffrey Lurie said. “He cares so much about his family that it’s a hard one. You see a man that really cares, and sometimes what happens happens in life, and, you know, as he and I discussed it’s like life throws you curveballs.”
“From a football perspective, I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp,” an emotional Roseman said at the Lehigh practice fields. “On a personal note, 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. As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting.”
In November 2007, Garrett Reid was arrested on gun and drug charges. Britt Reid, the Reids’ second eldest son, was involved in a separate incident involving drugs and a gun on the same day.
Andy Reid later took a six-week leave of absence during the 2008 offseason as his sons faced criminal charges. Garrett Reid was sentenced 23 months for smashing up another motorist’s car while he was on heroin.
Britt Reid was sentenced 22 months plus probation. He works as a graduate assistant for the Temple football program, got married last month.