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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Coach Andy Reid's Sons Get Fame and Father Time

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Many fathers to the same thing. Garrett and Britt Reid got summer jobs at their father's work. The fact that their father is the boss made it easy to arrange. But, as sometimes happens, even in these cases, they go no special treatment from John Hatfield, who they report to.

But the Reid brothers did have trouble just getting to talk to their dad at work. As head coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles franchise, Andy Reid was just too busy. And he was protected from interruptions by a man who is built like . . . a football player.

Not that Garrett, 17, and Britt, 15, are pushovers. Not surprisingly, both young men play high school football, and are 6' 5", 230 lbs and 6'1", 235 lbs respectively. But around the Eagle's training cmp they are a little on the small size. They spent the summer working as ball boys for the Eagles.

In spiteof his scheule, however, Andy Reid makes time for his sons. He does get to see at least a portion of about three-quarters of his son's football games and the three manage to go out to dinner occasionally or get their hair cut together, an outing that is especially attractive to Garrett and Britt, not because it involves hair, but because it also involves good-looking young hair stylists, and afterwards cheesesteaks. "It's very cool, but you should see Garrett," Britt said. "He's Mr. Smooth. He flirts with all of them." But Britt admits he isn't Mr. Smooth, "I got no rap," he said.

As an assistant coach for the Greenbay Packers, Reid even started rising at 3:30 am to get in 3 hours of work before returning home to be with his family for breakfast. Unlike many NFL coaches, Reid doesn't play golf, preferring to spend that time with his family, which also includes two daughters, Crosby, 12, and Drew Ann, 10, and a son, Spencer, 8.

The Philadelphia Daily News' article looks at how Reid manages to balance his very public work responsibilities with his family life. It also looks at how Garrett and Britt have become minor celebrities in Philadelphia. One local radio show even wanted to have them as guests on Reid's coaches show one week during training camp. But when Reid's assistant Butch Buchanico went to get them, they had to turn him down. "We can't go," Garrett said. "Why not?" asked Buchanico. "We've got to work," Britt replied. "Come on, you guys can get out of this," claimed Buchanico, to which Britt replied, "You don't know Hatfield very well."

Even for radio, the brother's couldn't get special treatment.


Andy &his home boys
Philadelphia PA Daily News 7Sep00 S2
By Marcus Hayes: Daily News Sports Writer
Eldest sons enjoy special bond with Birds coach


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