Over 900 people, including many notable members of the NFL community, showed up at Garrett Reid’s funeral services in Broomall this morning to pay their respects to a grieving family. While the narrative of the head coach’s grief will soon pass in our rapidly shifting news cycle, the heartache will never dissipate for Reid and his family. But one can hope that the overwhelming support the family has received from NFL players, fans, and media will help, if only a little, to ease the pain of a terrible tragedy.
“It was a combination of tremendous grief and tremendous love, and of course, they go hand in hand,” said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday morning. “A lot of tears, and a lot of joy, in terms of remembering Garrett.”
Of course, we know via Andy Reid’s statement released late Monday that the untimely death of the Eagles’ 29-year-old assistant strength and conditioning coach was drug-related. From this perspective, this story is nothing more and nothing less than a tragedy. There should be no fingers pointed, no questions to be asked, no second-guessing of Reid or his family for the way his son was raised. Certainly, now is not the time for that discussion.
Just understanding, compassion, and support.