Philadelphia Eagles fans have dealt with ups and downs on the football field.
The team rallies when no one believes.
At a time like this when tragedy strikes, the Eagles family can inspire us all to persevere with compassion and dedication.
The death of 29-year-old Garrett Reid, the son of Andy Reid, the longest tenured coach in the NFL today, was shocking and sobering news.
Tragedy can strike any family and we all feel pain when hardships hit home. The difference is how we respond, how we react.
"This is a tight knit group that we have. It's clear that what happened has made our players even closer," Eagles Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said after taking over the Aug. 6 morning practice while Reid takes some personal time. "We have many leaders who have stepped up. If I named them, I wouldn't be able to name them all."
Former players such as Brian Dawkins and Asante Samuel have come forward to offer public condolences and current Eagles are working hard to stay the course through their coach's tough times.
"He's been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us. We're going to lean on him and we're going to be there for him. We're going to stay strong for him until he comes back to lead us on," Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick said in an interview for the Eagles website.
No matter how many wins and losses the home team brings this year, all fans can understand what it is like to hurt, what it is like to lose more than just a game.
Good luck to the Eagles and thank you for providing an example on how to handle adversity in a positive way.
Tyler D. Martin
East Penn Press