By Pat Loeb, Jericka Duncan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Garrett Reid’s death surprised and saddened Eagles fans.
“My prayers go out to the Reid family. This is an awful thing.”
Fans arriving for the Phillies games took a moment to offer condolences to the coach.
“I hope he has the strength to get through this because he’s been through so much.”
Garrett Reid’s drug troubles had played out in a very public arena and, though the cause remains unknown, fans felt his death at such a young age, was a cautionary tale.
“Unfortunately, it’s another tragic case of a young man having really the world open up to him and it’s just really tragic, sad and tragic and unfortunately a lot of young people don’t learn from other people’s tragedies but this is a tragedy for the Reid family and the sporting world and youth at large. It’s a shame.”
Eagles fans who attended the team’s open practice at Lehigh were also saddened by the news.
“This is Eagle nation, we all stick together,” said Eagles fan Kevin Waller. “What happened today was sad, but we’re all here to stick together and to support the team.”
Many in the crowd said their mind wasn’t really on the upcoming season.
This has to be tough for the players, too,” said Jake Agliata. “My heart really goes out to Andy Reid.”
Longtime fan Carl Tate believes the decision to hold practice on Sunday only helps with the hurt and the heartache.
“You can cancel practice out of respect for the family, Tate said. “But then the family has to deal with it the best way they know how, and maybe to continue the practice is the best way they feel to handle the situation, and you’ve got to respect that.”