"I don't want to die doing drugs. I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion."
August 7, 2012 9:59 PM Subscribe
"Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at training camp at Lehigh University."
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Garrett's legal troubles
and struggle with addiction
were widely publicized over the years due to his high profile father. After leaving prison he fought hard to change this legacy and was employed as a trainer with the team at the time of his death.
"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."
Garrett's funeral was held on August 7th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Broomal, PA with over 900 in attendance, including a long list of well known NFL figures.
Andy Reid will likely return
from his leave of absence to coach the Eagles during their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday.
"Your first reaction is sorrow for Andy Reid and his family. We don't really know them, we can't really feel their pain, so we grieve for them from a distance. But what really hits home, whether you're an Eagles fan or not, is that what happened to the Reid family could happen to your family and you know it and it scares you to death."