Eagles coach, wife, talk to magazine about sons' problems Print
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Thursday, 20 December 2007 17:24
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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife vowed to stand by their sons in their struggles with drug and legal problems, and he told a magazine that he wants to remain with the team ``as long as I can do my job to the best of my ability.''
Reid said the couple decided to give the exclusive interview to Philadelphia Magazine about their family's situation in hopes of helping others.
``The tremendous level of support and interest that was shown by many people - even by those without any interest in our football team was stunning,'' Reid said. ``Tammy and I are very humbled and thankful for that.''
The magazine said it would post excerpts from the interview on its Web site Friday.
Both Garrett and Britt Reid have battled drug addiction and been sentenced to jail terms stemming from Britt's road-rage case and Garrett's heroin-fueled, high-speed crash.
``We've dealt with Garrett's situation for a long time, and we've done it through Super Bowls and championships,'' Andy Reid told the magazine. ``And it's new to a lot of people, but it's not new to us.''
``We raised these boys,'' Tammy Reid said, according to the magazine. ``We taught them to pray, taught them to ride their bikes - you see this potential in him, and you're just not going to give up.''
And despite speculation about his future with the team, Reid said ``as long as I can do my job to the best of my ability, I would love to be an Eagle.''
Garrett Reid was sentenced last month to two to 23 months in jail for a high-speed crash in which another driver was injured. Police said they found heroin, steroids and more than 200 pills in his car and he admitted using heroin on the day of the crash. Garrett Reid was later charged with five additional drug counts related to 89 pills authorities said he had smuggled into prison.
Britt Reid was sentenced last month to eight to 23 months in jail for pointing a gun at another driver on Jan. 30. He also pleaded guilty to charges including carrying a firearm without a license.
 

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