Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid returned to the practice field Wednesday, just three days after the death of his son Garrett and one day after the funeral. Speaking to reporters after the Eagles' morning walkthrough, Reid said he'd been "humbled" by the outpouring of support this week and that he was going back to work because he felt it was the right thing to do.
"I'm a football coach. That's what I do. I know my son wouldn't want it any other way. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid said.
Reid showed remarkable strength during the news conference, which I imagine is showing through as he spends time around his team today and in the coming days. There were a couple of cringe-inducing questions, including one about whether Garrett Reid's death could serve as a rallying point for the team. But Reid answered that one with dignity saying he'd prefer it be a rallying point for others dealing with substance abuse problems and for families dealing with grief and loss.
Reid will coach the Eagles in their preseason opener Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Steelers. The team will hold a moment of silence for Garrett before the game, and the players will wear commemorative patches with his initials on them. I have to believe the fans in attendance will greet Andy Reid as warmly as they ever have when he walks onto that field.