It’s very, very hard to imagine Andy Reid won’t be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot whenever he decides to hang up his headset and bring his coaching career to an end.
The Eagles surprised plenty of people when they hired a largely unproven Reid to replace Ray Rhodes in 1999, but the decision to hire a 40-year-old who’d never served as an offensive or defensive coordinator in the NFL ended up working out pretty well for a franchise that really turned things around under his watch.
Reid wasn’t able to win a Super Bowl during his time in Philadelphia, but he led the Eagles to the playoffs nine times and stepped down in 2012 after racking up a 130-93 record with the team.
The man who currently sits fifth on the list of NFL coaches who’ve racked up the most wins expertly rebounded after he was hired by the Chiefs in 2013, as Kansas City has only missed the playoffs a single time in the ten seasons he’s served as head coach and while securing two Super Bowls under his watch.
It’s been more than a decade since Reid bid Philly farewell, but it appears he’s had a little bit of trouble moving on entirely based on what he had to say during a recent chat with Jason and Travis Kelce on the New Heights podcast.
The noted cheeseburger connoisseur faced off against his former franchise when the Chiefs met the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII earlier this year, and during the conversation, he admitted he came very close to cheering for a member of the opposing team after temporarily forgetting he was rooting for the guys in white as opposed to the ones in green.
Andy Reid admits it was weird coaching against the Eagles in the Super Bowl and even almost cheered for a Dallas Goedert catch. 😂
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Here’s what he had to say about the play in question:
“That [game] was different. That was weird. I mean, you look across and you know people across the field.
There was one point where I was back talking with Pat[rick Mahomes]. My back was to the field and I heard the cheer and I turn around and [Eagles] tight end [Dallas Goedert] caught the ball, and for a minute, I went, ‘Hey, nice catch—eyyyyy.’
It was just the one time.”
At least it all worked out in the end.