Andy Reid’s wife Tammy Reid has been with big Andy for a long time. They met back in the early 1980’s when they were both kids at BYU attending a class on physical education. That’s such a classic way for a coach and his wife to meet. I mean, if you were going to write a script about a coach’s early days, you’d probably have him meet his wife at a class on how to teach gym class, right? Anyway, as Andy’s career began to develop in the NCAA ranks, they started to have kids and grow their family.
Their first and eldest kid was named Garrett. The other children that Andy Reid’s wife had were Britt, Spencer, Crosby, and Drew Ann. Interestingly, each child was born in a different state. That gives you some idea of what it’s like to be a college football coach, working hard to compete and making your way up the coaching ranks. Actually, the more I think about college football coaches and their career trajectories, the more it makes sense that there are now full video games about coaching and team management alone. It’s a challenging field to navigate, and you generally only hear about successful coaches like Andy when you read about their careers.
So to get back to their kids: the couple suffered a significant trauma back in 2007 when their son Garrett destroyed a car and injured another driver while he was high on heroin. The cops found about 200 pills in the car along with heroin. In a strange coincidence, Garrett’s younger brother Britt was also arrested on the very same day as Garrett for some kind of road-rage encounter in which cops found weapons and illegal drugs in his car. That must’ve been a trying day for the family. While Garrett was in prison, he was caught trying to smuggle in some pills. Eventually he got out, and he began assisting his father Andy as an unofficial strength coach assistant. While doing this, he was also dealing drugs in Philadelphia. He was honest about being a drug dealer, saying that he enjoyed it like a double-agent enjoys two lives. He was found dead in 2012 in his place on the Lehigh campus where many of the Philadelphia Eagles staff resided.
As you can imagine, it was a tough thing for Andy Reid’s wife Tammy to get over. They’ve since become what Andy calls “empty nesters,” and they’ve moved to Kansas City so Andy could pursue a career as head coach for the Chiefs after fourteen years in Philadelphia. Andy calls Tammy the “coach of the head coach” and said they wouldn’t have moved at all if she didn’t like the idea or didn’t feel enthusiastic about it.