Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is one of the most adored figures in the NFL, and it’s not only for the success he brought with him to Arrowhead Stadium.
The legendary head coach has become extremely popular from the perspective of players, as well as fans on social media, due to his unique personality and his capabilities as a coach.
Oh, and how could we forget his choice in fashion. From the Tommy Bahama flower shirt he can be spotted rocking during every annual NFL head coach group pic to his outrageously foggy face-mask he wore on the sideline in order to protect himself from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For all the stress Reid endures while trying to maintain the Chiefs as an NFL powerhouse, he’s boosted by the support of his loving wife, Tammy Reid.
Andy Reid’s Wife Tammy Reid
Andy and his wife Tammy met while attending college at Brigham Young University and began dating in the 1980s.
After falling for Tammy, Andy converted to become a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints and a Mormon. The couple married in 1981 and had five children together: Garrett, Britt, Drew Ann, Crosby and Spencer.
Reid’s Son Died From an Overdose
Both Britt Reid and Garrett were reported to have been battling addiction throughout their lives and even spent time in prison for their offenses. In 2012, The New York Times tragically revealed Garrett passed away from a heroin overdose while at Eagles camp.
Reid discussed with ESPN the importance of keeping his family together following the tragedy, in an emotional interview.
Andy Reid’s Children
Britt, fortunately, managed to turn a new leaf. He previously worked as a training camp assistant for the Eagles, and now works as a member of his dad’s coaching staff in Kansas City.
Spencer played college football at Temple and now works for the Colorado State football program. Drew Ann married Devin Woodhouse and took his last name. Devin spent numerous years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
After the Chiefs’ win in Super Bowl LIV, Tammy said that it felt like Garrett was there on the field with the family.
“The fact that we were all here, that was amazing,” Tammy told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Except for ‘G.’ So sad, but I know he’s watching us.”
Britt Reid Car Accident
On Thursday night, February 4, 2021, just three days before Super Bowl LV, Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was involved in a multi car accident involving two young children. The three-vehicle accident left a 5-year-old with “life-threatening injuries” and a 4-year-old with non-life-threatening injuries, according to ESPN.
The son of head coach Andy Reid was driving a white Dodge Ram Laramie Sport pickup truck that hit a Chevrolet Impala on the side of an entrance ramp to Interstate 435. The Impala had run out of gas, and the passengers called for help, which arrived via a Chevrolet Traverse that was parked next to it.
Per CBS Sports, Reid hit the left front of the Impala and then the right rear of the Traverse.
ESPN reported that via a search warrant Britt told a Kansas City Police Department officer that he had two to three alcoholic drinks and had taken prescription Adderall. ESPN also reported from the warrant that a KCPD officer said Britt’s eyes were bloodshot and smelled “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages.”
Britt, who is the team’s outside linebackers coach, went to a local hospital for stomach pain and was not expected to travel with the team to Tampa Bay, Florida, per ESPN. He previously worked as a graduate assistant at Temple University from 2011-12 until joining Kansas City in 2013, where he has previously served as a defensive quality control coach, assistant defensive line coach and defensive line coach.
The car crash isn’t the first time Britt Reid has been involved in trouble.
In 2007, he flashed a gun at another driver on the road and was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a road rage incident. The follower year, he pleaded guilty to DUI charges after hitting a shopping cart in a parking lot.
Early Life & College Career
Andy Reid was born in Los Angeles, California and attended John Marshall High School. He played offensive line in high school and continued doing so during his time at BYU. He also spent a year at Glendale Community College.
Andy Reid’s first opportunity in coaching came via BYU in 1981, where he served as a graduate assistant coach. Over the course of the next decade, Reid would bounce between coaching roles at various minor college football programs.
Reid’s NFL coaching debut came with the Green Bay Packers, which hired him as an assistant coach in 1992. He would help guide the team to victory in Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.
In 1999, Reid was hired as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and by 2001 he was promoted to executive vice president of football operations in Philly.
Reid was the head coach of the Eagles for 14 seasons, earning a 130-93 record and coaching in 19 playoff games for the franchise. During his tenure, the Eagles made one Super Bowl — Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots in February 2005 — but were defeated 24-21.
In 2012, Andy Reid parted ways with the Philadelphia Eagles after the team struggled to a 4-12 record. He was replaced by controversial head coach Chip Kelly, who came to Philly via the University of Oregon.
The saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is probably the best way to describe the Chiefs’ acquisition of Andy Reid. The Kansas City Chiefs, who were coming off an abysmal 2-14 record, hired Reid in 2013 to become their head coach.
Reid would make the playoffs in six of his first seven seasons in KC, but it took until 2019 for the Chiefs to reach the Super Bowl.
In 2015, the Chiefs parlayed an 11-5 record into a playoff berth, but were ousted by the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round. The following year they met a similar fate at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 2017, Andy Reid and Brett Veach made the best decision of their respective football careers, drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th-overall pick in the NFL Draft. The selection of Mahomes changed the course of the franchise, elevating them to true Super Bowl contenders.
Mahomes didn’t see meaningful game action until his sophomore season in the league, but absolutely dominated in his first full season as the starting QB, tossing 50 touchdown passes and winning the NFL MVP award. The Chiefs made the AFC Championship in 2019 but were ultimately sent home by future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Following that season, the Chiefs were ready to make their final push. After finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record, Andy Reid achieved his first Super Bowl win, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
In the 2020-21 season, the Chiefs yet again advanced to Super Bowl LV for a matchup against Tom Brady’s NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This truly seems like the beginning of a potential dynasty in Kansas City, Missouri, which doesn’t bode well for division rivals like the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers.
The best part? The Chiefs’ beloved football coach gets to enjoy each win with his wife, Tammy.