Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer 634d

BYU's LaVell Edwards got Andy Reid started in coaching

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid is tied for 10th in NFL history with 183 wins as a head coach. For that, he can thank his former college coach at BYU, LaVell Edwards.

"I wasn't going into coaching," said Reid, an offensive lineman at BYU from 1979 to 1981. "He's the one who kind of talked me into doing it, and then he called me every week from that day on like he put me in a bad position or something. He was always checking on me."

Reid choked up with emotion at times after Kansas City Chiefs practice Friday in recalling Edwards, who died this week at 86. Edwards, who coached BYU from 1972 to 2000, is seventh on the FBS all-time wins list and guided the Cougars to the national championship in 1984.

"He was my guy," Reid said. "I'm probably one of 10,000 guys that are saying that right now. That's what makes him unique. Such a great person.

"He was great with people. He was a people person. You put the X's and O's aside. He was good at that, too. But the way he handled people was just unbelievable."

Reid thought he was done with football after the 1981 season before Edwards persuaded him to stay on at BYU as a graduate assistant the following season.

"I played for him, obviously," Reid said. "I was a young guy going in a million different directions. You're not exactly sure of the direction you want to go. I had a pretty good idea but wasn't completely sure, and he asked me if I had ever thought about going into coaching. I said, 'No, I really haven't,' and he goes, 'Well you should give it a try, and I'll keep you on and pay for the extra school if you decide to go in a different direction.'

"I got in, I got the bug, and now, here I am."

Reid was an assistant coach for 10 seasons at five colleges before moving to the Green Bay Packers in 1992. He became a head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 and joined the Chiefs in 2013.

The weekly calls from Edwards never stopped.

"I knew when he was on vacation, because I wouldn't get a call," Reid said. "But other than that, I got a phone call."

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