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Toub’s thoughts are with Andy Reid

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 2, 2012 – 2:10 pm

Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub was shocked and saddened Sunday to learn about the death of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s 29-year-old son Garrett.

Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was staying while assisting Eagles strength coaches during Philadelphia’s training camp. Garrett had seemed to be rebounding from a troubled past that included drug arrests.

A decade after Andy Reid gave Toub his first NFL job, the Bears special teams coordinator remains close friends with the Eagles coach.

“I can’t even imagine something like that happening to your kid,” said Toub, who has two children. “It’s the worst thing in the world that could happen. Andy’s a great friend and I really feel for him. I sent him a text message, but what can you say?”

Toub and Reid had worked together at UTEP in 1987-88 and again at Missouri in 1989-91. When Toub and the rest of the Missouri staff were fired after the 2000 season, Reid hired Toub as an assistant special teams coach with the Eagles. He held that position for three years before joining the Bears as part of Lovie Smith’s first staff in 2004.

“Andy’s the one who got me in the league,” Toub said. “I owe him a lot. He’s been a great friend over the years and continues to be.”

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