9:26 PM EDT, August 5, 2012
ANDERSON - A relatively spirited workout on a cool afternoon in Anderson ended on a somber note.
Before they broke for the day following a two-hour practice session, the Colts dropped to a knee in prayer around assistant coach Clyde Christensen.
It was different from how the team usually ends a workout session and minutes later Chuck Pagano explained why.
"We got together there and we lost a family member," said Pagano in his opening statement to the media Sunday. "We lost a brother. We’re all together in this thing, in the NFL."
Pagano was referring to the death of Garrett Reid, the 29-year old son of longtime Eagles coach Andy Reid. He was found dead at their training camp in Bethlehem, PA early Sunday morning, where Garrett was serving as an assistant to the strength and conditioning coaches.
Though Pagano never worked with Reid their paths crossed at times over the past decade and was the reason the coach felt it necessary to pay tribute.
"I talk about this all the time, about family. We’ve got to compete against each other week in and week out, every Sunday, but at the end of the day when the gun goes off and the game’s over, we shake hands," said Pagano. "It’s about sportsmanship. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Reid and Tammy, and the rest of the Reid family."
Connections with Reid go deeper with Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who was the director of player personel for the Eagles.
"I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reid family," said Grigson in a statement released by the team on Sunday. "They are a special family led by two extremely strong and loving parents in Coach and his wife Tammy. I ask that the entire Colt's nation and football fans everywhere lift Coach Reid and his family up in prayer during this difficult time.”
Proceeding the prayer was the eighth day of workouts for the team after they began on the following Sunday in Anderson. Safety Tom Zbikowski was held out for rest while receiver Donnie Averyleft the workout with a leg injury which Pagano believed wasn't serious.
The week has been an unusual one considering the uphevil of the roster and switchover of the coaching staff from a year ago. According to one of the few holdovers, that hasn't stopped the team from making progress.
“We’re meshing real well. We’re doing a great job of making sure that everyone knows what they’re doing," said receiver Austin Collie of the first week. "We’re doing a whole lot out there. I think we’ve done a good job as a receiving core picking that up.
"Also the QB’s are putting us in the correct positions and making good throws.”
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