PROVO — The true measure of a person is how his lifestyles is mirrored in deeds, how he traverses adversity and how his symbol is created, solid and saved within the minds of those that’ve crossed his trail. If that’s the usual, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid simply makes the Mankind Hall of Fame.
The incessantly embattled however significantly gifted NFL receiver Terrell Owens informed The Sporting News that Reid was once the most productive coach he ever had.
To Owens, Reid was once a mentor, chief and builder. He was once a md and a pal.
“He is a great coach and a great man,” stated Chiefs protection Daniel Sorensen, the newest former BYU player to paintings with Reid. “He loves what he does and puts his heart and soul into it. He’s an extremely hard worker. He is intense at times. He really cares about what he’s doing. He cares about the players, cares about doing a good job and running a good program.”
If you realize Andy Reid, he has a personalized touch that permeates all of it.
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Former All-Pro tight finish Chad Lewis, now an affiliate BYU athletic director, performed for Reid in 1997-98 and from 2000 to 2002. Lewis grows somber in no time when talking of Reid, his voice filling with emotion remembering the fateful morning in August 2012 when Reid’s oldest son Garrett, 29, was once discovered lifeless on the crew’s coaching facility at Lehigh University only a few miles from the circle of relatives house close to Villanova University. Garrett died from an accidental heroin overdose after struggling with drug abuse for years.
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Losing a son, any kid, is towards the herbal order of items. Parents will have to by no means must bury their offspring. Later that season, Reid misplaced his activity with the Eagles. He left the franchise the chief in wins (140) and successful share (.578) after 14 seasons with the crew.
“He’s weathered some incredible storms,” stated Lewis. “Everyone within the NFL will climate storms. But to lose a son in any such public occupation, to peer his ups and downs — everybody can have ups and downs, however to peer how he’s treated the ones trials with love and persistence, he actually places his religion into motion.
“You can feel his faith, but he never shoves it in your face,” Lewis persisted. “He by no means pushes what he believes on any person. He is simply who he’s. He may be very at ease in his personal pores and skin. He is beautiful similar to LaVell Edwards. They are very identical males.”
Reid, 60, a former BYU offensive lineman who blocked for All-American quarterback Jim McMahon, is affectionately nicknamed Big Red. Before training Kansas City, Reid was once the top coach for the Eagles, and prior to that coached tight ends, quarterbacks and the offensive line for the Green Bay Packers.
Reid led the Eagles to 5 NFC championship video games and a Super Bowl look in 2004. He was once born in Los Angeles in 1958 and attended John Marshall High. At 13 he seemed live to tell the tale Monday Night Football all the way through the Punt, Pass and Kick pageant. After taking part in offensive line at Glendale Community College, he starred at BYU from 1978 to 1980. He transformed to the LDS religion whilst in school and met his spouse Tammy in a P.E. elegance at BYU.
Andy and Tammy have 5 youngsters, the past due Garrett, Britt and Spencer, and daughters Crosby and Drew Ann.
Edwards employed Reid as a graduate assistant, which resulted in assistant training gigs at San Francisco State, Northern Arizona, Texas El Paso and Missouri prior to he landed with the Packers in 1992. This previous season in Kansas City, he led the Chiefs to an AFC West identify for a 2d immediately season, a primary in franchise historical past.
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“One of the things I admire about him is how detailed he is about his work,” stated Sorensen, who began for the Chiefs this previous season. “He turns out to understand the entirety by hook or by crook. If there’s something that occurs, excellent or dangerous, at the observe box or elsewhere, he is aware of about it and cares about it. His talent to bear in mind issues and to carry other folks responsible to the main points he asks of gamers and those that paintings for him is actually exceptional.
“He doesn’t let anything slip or let anybody fall short of their goals and expectations. That’s what I admire about him.”
In Kansas City, with each Reid and Sorensen being of the LDS religion, there’s a crossover between the 2 clear of soccer.
“He has his family there as well. I see him at some church events and family things, he goes to like a baby blessing, and he’s there to lend support,” stated Sorensen.
Reno Mahe, maximum lately a working again coach at BYU in 2017, performed for Reid and the Eagles from 2003 to 2007. In his first NFL sport, he stood along Reid at the sidelines and Reid had a play sheet over his mouth, a commonplace observe by way of coaches who don’t need fighters to learn their lips. Reid became to Mahe and requested him if he was once apprehensive.
“Nah, not at all,” Mahe spoke back. “I was lying through my teeth. I was terrified.”
“He is just like LaVell Edwards,” stated Mahe. “I got to play for LaVell Edwards and got to see him firsthand. Andy has the same calm, collected demeanor. LaVell had a permanent look on his face and Andy could give that real stern look, too, but the experiences I had with him were short, little positive interactions that were just awesome.”
Mahe recollects sitting in an Eagles offensive assembly the day prior to a sport. He saved getting textual content messages a couple of BYU-Utah sport. He concept he’d replace Reid at the rating and what was once occurring since he’s a fellow BYU alum, and despatched the Eagles’ head coach a textual content message.
Mahe instantly were given a message again from Reid: “OK, awesome. Hey, aren’t you in a meeting right now?”
Mahe’s textual content again: “Oh, shoot, I am. Talk to your later, coach.”
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He smiles remembering the instant.
“He’s just someone who cares about everybody and treats everybody the same. That is something you really respect about him,” stated Mahe.
“While Reid had an affinity for his BYU players, anyone that would approach him was treated the same, regardless of background. So, it didn’t matter if you came from BYU. You look at the way Terrell Owens feels about him. He had a great relationship with Andy Reid even with all the things that were going on and what Owens went through. (Owens was suspended while with the Eagles). That showed me a lot about Andy Reid. He made everyone feel special.”
Mahe, like such a lot of of Reid’s current and former gamers and coaches, attended the funeral of Reid’s son six years in the past. He additionally recollects sage recommendation Reid gave him two years in the past when he misplaced his Three-year-old daughter Elsie. She was once strangled when taking part in with a window blind twine within the Mahes’ house in Lehi.
“He is someone I will be able to relate to, being a member of that membership,” Mahe said. “He gave me some nice recommendation on the subject of the dying of my daughter. It can be one thing I’ll be eternally indebted to him for, only a phrase of knowledge going via that entire scenario. It was once how you can care for my spouse, how you can method it.
“There is a lot of things that go through your mind when you go through a situation like that. He told me to make sure my wife knows that not only was it not her fault, to make sure she does not blame herself. It was huge for me to hear that. It wasn’t that I did, but it helped reconfirm to me to make that an emphasis and let my wife hear it from me and reassure her that I will never blame her for that.”
“He’s the best guy within the NFL,” said former Eagle great Chad Lewis. “That comprises the entirety and everybody, homeowners, normal managers, coaches, gamers. He’s skilled in the entirety that he does but in addition has a large middle with the entirety he does.
“He’s like LaVell, he’s so funny,” stated Lewis.
“This is one thing cool about his character and his persona that no one would know except you had been with him. Donovan McNabb was once our quarterback, our crew chief, and our franchise. One of Donovan’s items is to be humorous, to impersonate any person.
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“So, prior to crew conferences, he would impersonate Andy Reid, Rod Dowhower, Brad Childress, our coaches, prior to they got here into the room. So, he’d be up in entrance of the room doing the entire mannerisms and the voice and the crew could be rolling. Andy would stroll in the course of the door into the room and he knew precisely what was once occurring. He’d stroll in like a cat with a smile on his face and the room would cross silent.
“He’d have a look at Donovan and ask, ‘What are your doing’? Even although he knew precisely what was once occurring. He allowed that to occur. I feel a extra insecure coach would were intimidated and angry by way of his personal player making amusing of him and impersonating him, however Andy knew that was once some of the keys to Donovan being a pacesetter.
“He also knew that it was one of the things that brought us together and built team chemistry,” Lewis persisted. “That was once orchestrated by way of Andy Reid in his LaVell Edwards manner. I don’t wish to evaluate him to LaVell an excessive amount of as a result of they’re their very own more or less males. But they’re identical in that manner.
“We had a team with a lot of pressure but you never felt that pressure from him. It was the opposite. He’d tell all of us, ‘Look, put all the pressure on me. If you don’t want to talk to a reporter about anything, tell them that I told you not to talk about it. Just blame me, give me every pressure you’ve got.’ If you look at his entire career, he’s taken on all the blame, but if they win a game, he will never take the credit.”
When drafted by way of the Packers in 1992, Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer temporarily reunited a friendship with a fellow BYU alum in Reid, who was once the tight ends coach and later QBs coach who labored with Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Reid had extra training revel in with Ty’s more youthful brother Koy, who performed for Reid for just about 9 years.
“He took me right in and had me over for dinner and had me meet his boys and the family,” stated Detmer. “He simply revered me as an individual first and major. I’ve noticed him at other occasions and other puts and he’s been an overly a hit head coach within the NFL for a long time, however you wouldn’t are aware of it being round him.
“I feel it’s all about the way in which he carries himself, it’s with humility. He’s now not a kind of guys who walks right into a room and expects everyone to drop the entirety and say hello. He’s at all times to be had to other folks. I texted him this offseason to peer what’s occurring and he instantly texted me again.
“The way he respects others and doesn’t look at himself as a big-time guy is something people appreciate in him,” Detmer persisted. “People gravitate to him as a result of that. I feel the gamers do. You see clips of him at the sideline joking with gamers and on the similar time you spot he will get the consideration he does as a result of now not handiest his accomplishments, however the way in which he’s gained and perceived.”
Detmer stated he incessantly traded LaVell Edwards tales with Reid. “We always made that connection. It was always there. We shared some of those stories and McMahon stories, because he played with him at BYU. We also had a lot of storylines being converts to the church.”
When Eagles proprietor Jeffery Lurie let Reid cross six years in the past, his feedback to the media didn’t replicate anything else however the utmost admire for the person. It sounded a well-known theme.
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“Andy Reid is a gem of a person, who was incredibly dedicated to making the Eagles the organization we have been. He had the love and respect of every individual in this organization, and I look forward to the day when we will welcome him back and introduce him as a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame, because that’s inevitable.”
Reid exudes elegance in a occupation that’s full of egos and essentially the most athletic specimens on the earth. To traverse that inhabitants and obtain the reward he does? Like Edwards, the mentor he’s attempted to emulate, he’s transform a person for all seasons.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, who earned 4 Super Bowl rings taking part in for Bill Walsh and the San Francisco 49ers, affirmed Reid’s new angle and relationships.
“He’s a consummate skilled who has devoted his skilled lifestyles to the sport,” Holmoe said. “There are so much who’re devoted to it however now not in a way he does. It’s like he has the competency however he additionally has the contact.
“If you know Andy Reid, he has a personal touch that permeates it all.”