"I'm a football coach. That's what I do."
The news conference was surreal, as Reid stood in front of the gathered media and spoke with calm, grace and patience. It was difficult not to wonder how such composure was possible — and why Reid would subject himself to something so public right now.
But Reid's made himself face the media before when he didn't feel like it. Certainly never in a situation like this, but Reid chose to go through it. He's a football coach. That's what he does.
He feels humbled, too.
"I am a humble man standing before you; a very humble man. I'm humble because of the outpouring, not only from the media but from our football team, from our fans. It was unbelievable. It was unbelievable."
That's one of the miniscule silver linings that sometimes come with a tragedy like this. You find support and love from places you don't necessarily expect, and it feels good to know that people are thinking of you. It doesn't help alleviate any grief, but it's something.
I hope that no one would question Reid for returning to work so soon. It's impossible to put one's self in his shoes, and it's foolish for anyone to believe they'd know what's best for Reid and his family in the aftermath of something so horrific. It's the most personal of decisions. He says it's what Garrett would've wanted, and if it's what he and his family want, then it's what's right.
The cause of death for the 29-year-old is not currently known, but Garrett Reid had struggled with drug addiction in the past. At the time of his death, he'd been working with the team and trying to get his life turned around.
Reid missed just two days of practice.
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