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.