Summarized by Kent Larsen
Reid's show of faith surprises Everitt
Philadelphia PA Inquirer 30Jul99 L3
By Phil Sheridan: Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA -- Soon after LDS Church member Andy Reid
took over as coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles he held a series
of one-on-one meetings with the players. Reid had already commented
that he wanted to build a team with charatcter, not characters, and
had a reputation as straight-laced and intense. Center Steve Everitt
was worried about his meeting with Reid, fearing that his long hair
and ponytail and his reputation following a drunk driving charge
would lead Reid to label him a troublemaker.
Instead, the interview was pleasant. Reid told Everitt, an art
student in college, about his own father, an LA artist, painter and
sculptor. "I know artists," Reid said. "I know they see the world
through a different lens. I like that about Steve." Everitt thought
the interview was "weird" but "cool," "It was weird," Everitt said.
"I thought I'd come in and talk football immediately, but that was
one of the first things he talked about. It was kind of cool: Here's
a football coach who's really interested in that side. And you could
tell he was sincere about it."
And Reid then made clear his high expectations of Everitt, his hopes
that Everitt's experience and position would help him become the
leader his teammates needed. "Everybody puts emphasis on the center
position, but I think he's really putting a lot of pressure on me.
The quarterback has so much to worry about, and I think he wants me
to be kind of in charge of the rest of the players. My job is to make
sure everybody is on the same page."
So Everitt is now impressed with Reid. "From day one," he said, "he's
been all over me. Which is perfect."