Eagles head coach Andy Reid talked to the media on Wednesday morning in his first statement since the death of his son, Garrett, over the weekend.
Reid talked after taking part in a morning walk through with the Eagles team.
“I’m not sure you ever think that many people care… but it’s very humbling. I’m sure my son would feel the same way,” Reid said.
Reid began his statement saying he is a ‘humble man.’
“I am humble because of the outpouring – not only from media but the football team, the fans. It was unbelievable,” said Reid.
He went on to say that Garrett is in a ‘better place.’
“Garrett’s at peace, and he’s in good hands – great hands,” Reid said.
Reid also said that he knew he needed to return to the football field.
“I’m a football coach. That’s what I do. My son wouldn’t want it any other way. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Reid.
Garrett Reid was laid to rest on Tuesday following a funeral attended by approximately 900 people, including the Eagles and various other dignitaries from across the NFL.
While no cause of death has been released for Garrett Reid, Andy Reid said in a statement earlier this week that Garrett lost an ongoing eight year battle.
Garrett Reid had struggled with drug problems for most of the past decade.
Reid said he plans to coach the preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Thursday night which will air on 6abc. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with our pregame show “The Battle Begins.”