Tammy Reid Loves Philadelphia, Wishes The Fans Were Maybe A Little Nicer
By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Andy Reid and his wife Tammy are having a rather large garage sale. On Saturday, the Reids will be selling off plenty of leftover Eagles memorabilia, along with some personal affects to benefit local charities.
“Philadelphia is etched in our hearts, believe you me,” Tammy Reid told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday. “We’re leaving tons of friends and great memories of this city, and he people. It’s sad—they keep telling me change is good. I’m not that excited because I don’t like change, but my husband has moved me eight times and I’m just gonna bloom where I’m planted at the new place.”
Andy Reid was fired as Eagles coach the day after the 2012 season ended, but found work rather quickly as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. His wife knew it might be time for them to move on.
“Yeah, you kind of get that feeling when people are chanting things,” Tammy Reid told Cataldi.
Though people who know him well rave about Andy Reid as a person, he didn’t let much of his personality shine in press settings. That, along with never quite getting over the hump and winning the Super Bowl, meant he had a polarizing relationship with media and fans.
“We have great fans here, very passionate fans, but it’s just as easy to be nice as it is not nice,” Tammy Reid said. “But, also, I don’t think the fans really recognize how much impact they have on the game and if you go to some of those stadiums that are so loud, the opposing team can;’t even get off their play, that’s the one thing—I mean I would stand up in my box and scream at the people below me, ‘Get up! Let’s scream!’ And they all look at me like I have a third eye and I’m thinking, ‘Are you kidding me? We got to get up here.’ If they get involved in the game in a positive way, like rooting for the team—booing always brings you down, but rooting always brings you up. So if they’re screaming on the third—if they’re screaming on the first, second, and third downs of the opposing team it is going to totally shake them and they’re going to get rattled and not be able to get plays off, they’re going to have to call timeouts, they’re going to use them all up. The 12th man really has a huge impact, and I think our fans [Eagles fans] are great, and I think they can accomplish that if they all just pull together.”
Though Eagles fans have a history of being a bit, say, over-the-top, Reid says most of the memories she has are good ones.
“The people that sit around me—in front of me and around me, they know who I am and they’re always very gracious. There has been a few incidents, but you know, that’s the minority. I think the fans here are really great and just loved the Reids,” she said.
The Andy And Tammy Reid Moving Sale will take place at Harriton High School on Saturday, from 9am until noon. There will be some Eagles players on hand to sign some of the items, and they will take cash or credit. Proceeds will benefit Laurel House, a charity Tammy Reid has been involved with for a decade, and the Harriton High School football program.