Andy Reid returned to work just one day after burying son and met the media for his first public remarks since Garrett's death. Eliot is there today so we'll have more later, but here were some notable highlights of his remarks as well as some football news.
"I'm a very humble man standing before you. A very humble man. I'm humble because of the outpouring [of support], not only from the media but from our football team and the fans. It was unbelievable. I'm not sure you ever think that many people care, not that you would ever go in that direction, but it's very humbling. A very humbling feeling. I know my son would feel the same way."It's a sad situation. One our son's been battling for years. But it doesn't mean you stop loving him."
Reid also revealed that he and the team have been working with a grief counselor and that he's also spoken with Tony Dungy, who lost his son back in 2005. The coach said he knew in his heart that it was time to return and had the full support of his wife and family.
"You feel the strength of the team. I felt it with my family the past couple of days, and I feel it with the team. I'm a football coach, that's what I do, and I know my son wouldn't want it any other way. I can't put it to you any more frank than that. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles. I know what he would want me to do."
Reid moved on to football and announced that Nate Allen, Brent Celek, Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Jamar Chaney, Riley Cooper, Cliff Harris and Brandon Washington will sit out tomorrow night. All four quarterbacks are scheduled for one quarter of work and the top defensive lineman will all rotate for the first half.
Michael Vick also said after practice that team will dedicate their 2012 season to Garrett.