Eagles coach’s son, 29, found dead
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Garrett Reid, the troubled 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday in a dorm room at the club’s Lehigh University training camp, where he spends most of his summers with his father.
Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting “I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.
Reid’s death stunned the Eagles, who gathered for a team prayer before a morning walkthrough.
“This is a very difficult situation for us all,” quarterback Michael Vick said after practice – their first without their head coach in five years.
Owner Jeffery Lurie met with the team Sunday and told reporters afterward he expected Reid back this week. The Eagles play host to Pittsburgh in their preseason opener Thursday night.
The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. about Reid, and that the 29-year-old was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. The police and Northampton County coroner were investigating.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns.
“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.”