Andy Reid releases statement day after death of son

Memorial services for Garrett Reid will be held Tuesday as Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid will lay his oldest son to rest.

It is a heartbreaking story the Eagles and their extended family are still dealing with in the middle of training camp. The Eagles have a scheduled off day Tuesday and reports are Reid will return to his post as head coach later this week.

Reid released a statement through the team today. It is below in its entirety:

On behalf of Tammy and our family, I would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support, love, kind words and prayers during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express our sense of loss.

We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly. We will never forget him, and we will remember him with love.

Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart.

I spoke with the team yesterday and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers. I asked them to continue with their preparations for the upcoming season until I am ready to rejoin the team.

It is in times like these that we lean on our faith, our family, our friends, and our Eagles family. We will do so in the difficult times ahead.

Thank you again for your continued support.
Andy Reid

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