The people who work in collegiate and professional sports often live a non-stop lifestyleespecially the coaches. Its not like a 9-5 job because they work tons of hours together and the bonds they form are very strong and last for years. Sometimes they last forever.
Thats why the death of Eagles coach Andy Reids son, Garrett, touched Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He worked under Andy Reid in Philadelphia for several seasons before getting hired as the Ravens head coach before the 2008 season.
Harbaugh said, when talking to the media on Monday, that he sent Reid a text message with his thoughts on Sunday morning.
I texted Andy as soon as I heard about itat about 10 a.m., Harbaugh said. I just told him how sorry I was and told him that his beautiful son is in Gods hands now.
Harbaugh said both he and his wife learned a lot about raising children from Reid and his wife, Tammy. His daughter, Alison, was born in Philadelphia, and Harbaugh remembers the way Reid talked with him about being a dad.
Andy was one of the first ones to talk to me about being a good parent, besides my dad and mom, Harbaugh said. I remember the first thing Alison did when Andy held her, she grabbed his mustache and just grabbed it as hard as she could.
This news hit so many people in the NFL hard, those who knew Andy Reid and his son. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday morning that many big-name people had appeared at the funeral. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Browns president (and former Green Bay and Seattle coach) Mike Holmgren, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Ron Jaworski, and so many others.
Football coaches probably work longer than anyone. Day and night. Night and day. It never ends. Thats why their bonds are unbreakable and unshakable. They'll be there for their friends in bad times, like Harbaugh tried to be for Reid in the last few days.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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