Garrett Reid, Son Of Andy Reid [Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach] Found Dead This Morning

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

“There were no suspicious activities,” Shupp said.

The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.

Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.

In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20s, Reid said he “got a thrill” out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents’ suburban Villanova mansion.

“I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,” Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. “I could go anywhere in the ‘hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.”

At his sentencing hearing, Reid told the judge: “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.”

His younger brother, Britt, also had problems with drug use and was arrested on the same day as Garrett in 2007 for a road-rage encounter. Police discovered weapons and drugs in Britt Reid’s vehicle.

“ We’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now.
” — Eagles GM Howie Roseman

The Eagles practiced Sunday morning after gathering for a team prayer, but Andy Reid was not present. Assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo ran the team’s walk-through and will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns. Owner Jeffery Lurie said he expected Reid back this week.

The afternoon session Sunday went on, but Lurie canceled his annual state of the team address.

“Today is one of life’s tough days,” Lurie said. “Andy is a rock-solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. And today, he exhibited it all. It’s unimaginable. We’ve all suffered — most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable. Losing a child is unimaginable — the pain. Again, he is rock solid.”

Expressions of sympathy came from everywhere around the league.

“My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family,” quarterback Michael Vick tweeted. “Stay strong and we LOVE you coach.”

Said commissioner Roger Goodell: “We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time.”

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Sunday that he sent Reid a text message offering his support and the Cowboys as an organization are expected to reach out to the veteran coach.

“Andy is a great guy, he’s an outstanding football coach, but he’s a great guy,” Garrett said. “He’s been really good to me and so good to so many people in the NFL for a long, long time. He’s part of our fraternity and this is really, really sad day for their family and really for everybody in the NFL. We wanted to express our condolences to them and just wanted to let them know we’re for them if they need any help from me or the Dallas Cowboys organization.”

Authorities had few details about Garrett Reid’s death.

“What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and (were) requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male,” said Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek. “We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh campus police department and I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene.”

Andy Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence from the Eagles during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family.

Reid is in his 14th season in Philadelphia. He’s led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

“We’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Trade For Houston Texans LB DeMeco Ryans

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles made a big move to bolster the middle of their defense, acquiring two-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

The Eagles and Texans also announced Tuesday they were swapping third-round choices in 2012. The Eagles now have the 89th pick overall, while the Texans have the 77th pick.

The 27-year-old linebacker and team captain leaves Houston as the Texans’ all-time leader with 637 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and two interceptions in his six-year career. He earned Pro Bowl honors after the 2007 and 2009 seasons and was an Associated Press All-Pro selection in 2007.

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Ryans missed most of the 2010 season after tearing his left Achilles.

“DeMeco is a proven Pro Bowl linebacker in this league and we’re excited to be able to plug him into the middle of our defense,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He’s been the signal caller and a leader on a very good Texans defense for the last several years. He’s a tough, instinctive football player and he’ll be a great fit for our team.”

Ryans was a second-round draft pick in 2006, the same year Houston took Mario Williams with the top overall pick. Ryans made the bigger initial impact of the two stars, making 156 tackles to earn the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honor.

He was also durable, starting all 16 games in his first four seasons. He tore his left Achilles in the sixth game of 2010 and the season collapsed, with the Texans dropping eight of their final 10 games.

Houston used most of its 2011 draft picks on defensive players, and Ryans had a reduced role because of more injuries and the emergence of Brian Cushing and rookie Brooks Reed.

The Texans ranked second in total defense last season (285.7 yards per game), finished 10-6 and earned their first division title and playoff berth. But they lost key players in free agency, including Williams, right tackle Eric Winston and right guard Mike Brisiel and now Ryans, the team’s union representative.

Dealing Ryans left some of the remaining players wondering about the team’s direction. Defensive ends Antonio Smith and J.J. Watt talked about losing Ryans on the NFL Network on Wednesday night.

“It’s a big surprise to me,” Smith said. “I don’t know what is going on at this moment, but DeMeco is a great player, a leader. He’s going to be an asset to each and every team he plays for. Our defense is going to miss him.

“That’s all I can say about it.”

Watt, Houston’s first-round draft pick last year, said Ryans was “the most respected guy on the defense, our leader.”

“He’s a guy that everybody turns to, especially when things are going tough,” Watt said. “It’s tough to see him go, but at the end of the day, what can we do? He’s obviously going to go play great football for the Eagles. Now it’s time for the rest of us, as a defense, to step up and find a new leader and go out there and play football. We can’t do anything about that, so it’s time for us to go out there and do it on our own.”

Ryans played collegiately at Alabama, where he earned first-team All-America honors in 2005. He was a teammate of Eagles left guard Evan Mathis with the Crimson Tide. While in the NFL, Ryans has been a leader on and off the field and his work in the community has been highly regarded in the Houston area.

“We appreciate all the hard work and effort DeMeco invested in our organization and wish him only the best moving forward,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “He is a class act.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Lose Again & Now Are 4-8 On The Season

The Philadelphia Eagles season is just about done. They lost 31-14 last night to the Seattle Seahawks in the Thursday Night NFL game. Vince Young threw 4 interceptions and the Eagles did not look good at all. DeSean Jackson looked like he didn’t even want to be on the field. They need to figure out how they will improve for next year.

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Philadelphia Eagles Keep 4th Quarter Laad To Defeat NY Giants 17-10

The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t blow the 4th quarter lead this time!!! Vince Young started for the eagles since Michael Vick had his injury and he didn’t look too bad. Young did throw 3 interceptions but he lead an 80 yard to take the 17-10 lead and the Eagles Jason Babin had a forced fumble that sealed the deal.

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NFL 2011-2012 Week 1 RECAP

Great start to the season!Ravens rolled over the Steelers, Lions defeated the Bucs, Buffalo demolished the Chiefs, and my Eagles tore up the Rams. Good Sunday night game too between the Cowboys and Jets. Tonight there is a double-header first Dolphins vs. Patriots, then Raiders vs. Broncos.

Green Bay 42, New Orleans 34
Chicago 30, Atlanta 12
Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 17
Buffalo 41, Kansas City 7
Philadelphia 31, St. Louis 13
Detroit 27, Tampa Bay 20
Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7
Houston 34, Indianapolis 7
Washington 28, NY Giants 14
San Francisco 33, Seattle 17
San Diego 24, Minnesota 17
Arizona 28, Carolina 21
NY Jets 27, Dallas 24

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NFL Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles 27 – NY Giants 17

It was a one sided game most of the night between the Eagles and Giants as the Eagles had a 16 – 3 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Giants came back and took a 17-16 lead on the Eagles. Late in the 4th quarter LeSean McCoy had a 50 yard run to make the game 24-17 and David Akers sealed the game with a field goal to make the game 27-17, leading the Eagles to victory. The Eagles are now 7-3 and are in 1st place in the NFC East.

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Michael Vick Dominates The Washington Redskins In A 59-28 Win During MNF

Michael Vick was a beast last night! The Redskins could not find answer to stop him whatsoever! From the first play of the game, Michael Vick threw an 88 yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson as the Eagles scored 28 points in the first quarter. From there is was all Vick and the Eagles as Vick threw for 333 yards with 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. The Eagles beat the Redskins 59-28 last night!

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2010-2011 NFL Season: Week 3 Recap

Michael Vick had a very impressive game versus the Jaguars yesterday after being named the Eagles starting QB. He threw for 291 yards, with 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. He lead the Eagles to a dominating 28-3 win as they improve to 2-1 on the season. Other scores from Week 3 in the NFL include:

Chiefs 31 – 49ers 10
Vikings 24 – Lions 10
Falcons 27 – Saints 24 (F/OT)
Patriots 38 – Bills 30
Titans 29 – Giants 10
Steelers 38 – Buccaneers 13
Bengals 20 – Panthers 7
Ravens 24 – Browns 17
Cowboys 27 – Texans 13
Rams 30 – Redskins 16
Seahawks 27 – Chargers 20
Colts 27 – Broncos 13
Cardinals 24 – Raiders 23
Jets 31 – Dolphins 24

Tonight’s games features the Packers and the Bears.

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