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