Reid on Two Sons: 'Still Hope'

Eagles coach breaks long silence over family drug addictions
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 8:56 AM CST
In this photo released by Philadelphia Magazine, shown is the January edition of Philadelphia Magazine with Philadelphia Eagles football coach Andy Reid and his wife Tammy on the cover. The Reids broke...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife have finally spoken publicly about their two sons' drug problems, in a tear-jerking interview to be published next week in Philadelphia Magazine, AP reports. The Reids broke their silence as a way to "reach out to those who are going through similar situations," the coach said.

Andy Reid was affected by the six weeks he spent accompanying his son Garrett in addiction counseling, realizing that many suffering from addictions "are not bad people, it encompasses everybody." The Reids also defended Andy's decision not to step down from his coaching position, and hoped that the interview might clear things up for his players as  well as the public.