On Monday night, just a day after the tragic news of the passing of Garrett Reid, the Reid family released a statement:
"On behalf of Tammy and our family, I would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support, love, kind words and prayers during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express our sense of loss. We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly. We will never forget him, and we will remember him with love. Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit.
As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart. I spoke with the team yesterday and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers...I asked them to continue with their preparations for the upcoming season until I am ready to rejoin the team. It is in times like these that we lean on our faith, our family, our friends, and our Eagles family. We will do so in the difficult times ahead. Thank you again for your continued support. "--Andy Reid
After the jump, quotes, statements and tweets from around the NFL regarding Garrett Reid:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
"We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time."
Mike and Kathy Holmgren:
“Andy and Tammy have been great friends to us for many years. Our prayers are with them and their family during this very difficult time.”
Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and the entire Reid family. Those of us who worked so long in Philadelphia knew Garrett very well. Andy is a friend and mentor to many of us here at the Browns and we all are thinking about him and his family during this tragic time.”
Saints Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo:
"Maria and I are greatly saddened by this unexpected news. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Andy, Tammy and their family during this very difficult time."
Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt:
“All of us in the NFL community send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Andy & Tammy. We share their grief and are ready to support them in any way possible during what is obviously an incredibly difficult time for them and their family.”
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb:
"Anyone that's been around Andy for any amount of time knows how important family is and how much his kids mean to him. This is devastating news. My heart goes out to Andy and Tammy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them right now."
Colts GM Ryan Grigson:
“I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reid family. They are a special family led by two extremely strong and loving parents in Coach and his wife Tammy. I ask that the entire Colt's nation and football fans everywhere lift Coach Reid and his family up in prayer during this difficult time.”
"I was both shocked and saddened when I heard the news this morning of Garrett's passing. During my time [in Philadelphia], both Garrett and Britt spent a lot of time around the football team and I know how much Andy loves them. I spent a lot of time with Andy and his family; we had a great friendship ... we still do. My heart goes out to Andy, Tammy and the rest of the Reid family. I cannot imagine what they are feeling right now. God be with them."
"Words cannot express my sadness upon hearing the tragic news this morning. I've known Garrett since he was a teenager and saw him grow up amongst the Eagles family. It's hard to comprehend how heartbreaking it must feel to lose a child. My deepest condolences go out to Andy, Tammy and their entire family."
Here are some tweets from players around the sports world:
Heart is extremely heavy right now for the Reid family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Reid and his family... We love you Coach and are here for you
Sad day 4 the Eagle Nation. Lost a family member today. Prayers go out 2 the Reid family & every1 touched by this tragedy. RIP Garrett Reid
Terrible news today.. Please pray for the Reid family in this tough time.. Garret was a good friend and will truly be missed!
R.I.P. Garrett, May your soul rest in heaven. Blessed to have known u for the time I did. Prayers up for Coach Reid & family.
Sad day for #EagleNation.Thoughts & prayers go out to Coach Andy,his wife Tammy & the entire Reid family.4ever n my prayers.RIP Garrett Reid
My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family. Stay strong and we LOVE you coach.
Prayers up for the entire Reid family Garrett was a good friend and will stay in our thoughts.
"G" will truly be missed by all. Please pray for the Reid family.
This is a sad day R.I.P Garrett Reid. You will be missed
My blessings go out to the Reid Family .. We lost a close 1 this morning ..
Prayers go out to coach Reid and his family....RIP Garrett...much love!
Please pray for Coach Reid and his family!
Garrett was always smiling and laughing no matter what. He was very caring and selfless. An overall great person. You will NOT be forgotten!
Everyone please say a prayer for coach Reid and his family
Andy and Tammy Reid, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this horrible time. #RIP/GarrettReid
My prayers 4 strength & Healing Father, 4 Coach Reid , Tammy and Family. RIP Garret!!!!
Love coach Reid my heart breaks for him and his family. Please keep them in prayer.
@Eagles Prayers go out to Andy Reid and family so sad to hear his son passing, praying for you and the fam
So very sad to hear the news about Garrett Reid!! Bless the Reid family and friends!! So sorry for your loss!
My deepest prayers and thoughts go out to the whole Reid family. Have no words just the deepest sympathy.
My prayers go out to coach Andy Reid for the loss of his son Garrett as well as the #Eagles organization may you Rip Garrett.
Prayers going out to the Reid family, they have been with me since day one and are really great people
Prayers for Andy Reid and his family during this most difficult time. No words can ease the pain.
The Phillies family extends our condolences to Andy Reid, his family and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization.
New York Giants:
We were saddened to learn of passing of Garrett Reid this morning. Andy Reid and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Prayers goes out to Andy, Tammy the entire Reid family also the Eagles organization. Forever in my prayers.
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