By JACK McCAFFERY
BETHLEHEM --- Garrett Reid, the
29-year-old son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh
University room early Sunday morning, according to police.
“This is a tough morning for the
Eagles family,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “Garrett
grew up with this team and that's what makes this news even harder.”
According to Lehigh University
police chief Edward Shupp, there was “no suspicious activity.”
Garrett Reid had been working as a
strength coach with the Eagles at their Lehigh training camp. He was
the oldest of five children of Andy and Tammy Reid.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie,
who was scheduled to meet the press Sunday, canceled his annual state
of the franchise address.
“What I can tell you is that
this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh University police
department to respond to the discovery of a deceased male,” said
Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek. “We are conducting an
investigation in cooperation with the Lehigh campus police
department. I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene.
The investigation will be ongoing and at this point it will be
pending the completion of the investigation.”
Andy Reid was not at a morning
walk-through practice, with the Eagles confirming a personal issue.
Prior to the practice the Eagles were seen gathering in prayer.
Police said they had responded to
a 9-1-1 call regarding an unresponsive male at approximately 7:20
“Upon arrival, we received
confirmation that attempts to revive the individual were
unsuccessful,” Shupp said. “Garrett Reid was deceased upon the
After a brief press briefing, in
which no questions were permitted, Roseman was seen breaking down in
“Coach has spent the morning
informing his family,” the general manager said. “We ask
sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time.
The team has been informed of this news, as has Jeffrey and Christina
“From a football perspective,
I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp.
On a personal note, 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. As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting.”
In 2007, Garrett Reid was arrested
following a traffic accident in Plymouth Township for charges
including heroin possession. Later, he was found to have smuggled
drugs into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. He was
sentenced at the time to up to 23 months in jail. In a related
incident at that same time, Britt Reid, his brother, also received a
23-month jail sentence.
“The news is heartbreaking for
everyone in the Eagles family,” Lurie said in a statement. “Our
hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children.”