The entire Eagles team will bus down from their training camp at Lehigh University to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Broomall, Pa., for Garrett Reid's funeral, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Garrett had a strong connection to Eagles players after being around the team for years. He was at training camp with them helping with strength training.
After 14 years in Philadelphia, Reid might have more coaching friends throughout the NFL than any coach in the league. Even coaches who haven't worked directly with Reid uniformly love and respect him as a man. According to The Times-Picayune, Bill Belichick is traveling to the funeral on the private plane of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who will also carry Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt to the funeral. (The Saints and New England Patriots are practicing together this week.)
Reid released a statement Monday that strongly indicated his son had lost an eight-year battle with drug abuse.
"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," Reid said. "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."