Jeffrey Lurie Chokes Up Talking About Andy Reid, Says Reid Will Coach Thursday Against Steelers

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Jeffrey Lurie, who was scheduled to give his annual State of the Team address today, spoke to the media under much different circumstances. 

While fighting back tears, he gave the following statement (read it in full after the jump) and said Andy Reid will return to coach Thursday’s preseason game against the Steelers. Lurie was emotional when talking about Reid’s love for his family:

"I've watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years. He just, he cares so much about his family that it's a hard one. You see a man that really cares and sometimes what happens, happens in life. As he and I discussed, life throws you curveballs and the thing to do, and I've always felt this and I think Andy feels the same way, is you gain from loss, you gain from tragedy. I always think that there's no way today that I would own an NFL team if I hadn't lost my dad when I was 9, and it was shocking. It made me stronger. There are choices to be made when tragedy happens, you can become stronger and even more focused and learn from it and treat live as a challenge, or you can bow down. Andy is somebody, he said to me, I'm going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.” 

 

Full statement after the jump.


"Today is one of life's tough days. I think I'll just tell you a little bit of my conversations with Andy and my conversations with the team. Andy is, he's a rock solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. Today, he exhibited it all. It's unimaginable the pain. We've all suffered; most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable, losing a child is unimaginable, the pain. Yet, he is rock solid. All he wanted to talk to me about was a couple of things, which was how incredibly excited he is for this football team, that's been obvious I think from the beginning of training camp to all of us. But he wanted me to know that. Secondly, that he treasures these practices and he feels bad he's going to not be at practice today or probably tomorrow and he just think they're incredibly important. At the same time, this is a father grieving and fully grieving.


"I've watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years. He just, he cares so much about his family that it's a hard one. You see a man that really cares and sometimes what happens, happens in life. As he and I discussed, life throws you curveballs and the thing to do, and I've always felt this and I think Andy feels the same way, is you gain from loss, you gain from tragedy. I always think that there's no way today that I would own an NFL team if I hadn't lost my dad when I was 9, and it was shocking. It made me stronger. There are choices to be made when tragedy happens, you can become stronger and even more focused and learn from it and treat live as a challenge, or you can bow down. Andy is somebody, he said to me, I'm going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park, on the field and off the field. That's the message that he wanted me to have.

"I think it's what makes him so dedicated. He loves his players. He loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he's even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they are in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain he's actually reaching out to all of us. You know that rock-solid guy who takes the bullets after games and all of that, but as I said to the players, 'You have to accept the grief and the tears and at the same time gather the strength and the desire to be excellent. Not just in football, but in life.’
 
"You're dealing with a coach, we've been together longer than any owner and head coach tandem in the NFL and his family. I knew Garrett when he was 14, 15 years old, all of his kids. The thing with Andy is he's strong and rock solid, but deep down he's a teddy bear. And the players who know him know that really well. All of us that know him know that really, really well. It's why he's so effective. Is he perfect? No. No one is, but that combination again of strength and tenderness is very, very special.
 
"Today, my feeling is between myself, and all of us who are around him and the players, we've just got to be supportive. We're going to be fine, but I want him to be fine. My heart goes out to Tammy and his family and at the same time as the players have said to me; we are going to practice hard, focus. When he's not here, do what he wants. I expect Andy to be coaching this week and back. He feels that way and he is very, very focused on both his family and his profession. I can't think of anything else to say except when you're dealing with a family in pain; be gentle, and at the same time understand at times they are going to exhibit strength because that's what they need to do. I think that's what we all need to do.
 
"Thank you for taking the time and I do look forward to having a press conference with you guys over and above and separate before the regular season, but this is a tough day. Thank you very much."

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16 Responses

  1. Sad Sad day in Eagles Land. I was thinking though that if the Eagles have another sub-par season that it can now be blamed on Garret to some degree and it will be that much harder for the fans to get what they want: Andy fired. I know it’s kinda messed up to look at it like that, but do you really think Lurie can fire Reid in 5 months (miss playoffs) after what happened today?

  2. Seems to me Andy Reid is more worried about football than the fact he just lost his son. “He feels bad he’s going to miss practice today and probably tomorrow” As a parent, that would be the last thing on my mind.

  3. @Bauer
    Are you kidding me with that comment?
    Do you really believe that him missing two days of practice is more important to him than grieving and supporting the rest of his family? You’re nuts.
    Lurie said that because he’s part of the football team and that’s how him and Reid are related. To think he’s more worred about football is ridiculous.

  4. @Hans, no I’m not kidding. While I’m sure his heart is breaking, who puts an obituary out the same day the person dies, services already scheduled and he will be there for Thurs game. I’m sorry, a little to rushed for me. If it was my child I don’t think I couldn’t function, let alone worry about FootBall.

  5. Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
    Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.
    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  6. The fans give Fat Andy a lot of shit in this city, but maybe this is thr opportunity to have the city rally around him. No man should have any interest in his job after his son dies. Having your kid die is so tragic.

  7. Thanks for clearing that up, Jay, because we are not as bright as you and we wouldn’t have been able to understand. Your, I mean You’re, so smart. D-bag.

  8. @Bauer
    Im sure the Reids really give a shit what you think.
    Everyone handles things in their own way, you have no insight into what or how he can go about making a decision like this.
    NO LOVE,
    Beez Nutz

  9. @Beez, you think I don’t know that. I have no clue what’s going on in the inside. I know everyone grieves differently. Just saying on the outside looks like he just wants to get back in the game. Just my opinion, Im done, football sucks anyway.

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