Kansas City coach Andy Reid talks about family, faith and football

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  • GD Syracuse, UT
    May 2, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    From comments made I would just say I admire him for who he is. No one can answer where he ranks family, church and football but him. Everything else is conjecture. I have my opinion about that but it is only my opinion so I won't state it.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:39 p.m.


    My point is simply this - we all like to hear the warm fuzzy stories and one-liners, but lets not let a great punchline or quote convince us reality is not reality.

    If Reid had said he puts family first, faith second, and football third you probably would have said you agree that's how he lives his life. However, if he had said he puts faith first, family second, and football third, you likewise probably would have agreed. However, only one of those things could be true. so unless you're saying you wouldn't have agreed with the truthfulness of one of those statements had he said it(which I don't think you would have done), you're letting warm fuzzy comments cloud your ability to see reality.

    But tell me if I'm wrong. If Reid had flipped the order of importance between faith and family, would you have disagreed with the accuracy of his statement?

    If you just saw the job requirements of an NFL head coach and the hours they put it, you would likely conclude it was a career first position.

    But you're letting warm fuzzy comments cloud that reasoning.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:30 p.m.


    I'm not creating a false dichotomy, unless you're suggesting there is no such thing as putting a career before family. If you're arguing that concept is 100% impossible then you can explain that. But nowhere did I say one must be with this family 100% of the time to put family first. Nor did I even say more hours of the day must be spend interacting with the family to put family first compared to hours at work.

    But at some point, when little to no time is spent with family for 6 months straight year after year, the evidence shows that career is being put ahead of family. And if you think NFL head coaches spend anywhere near significant time with their family for the busiest 6 months of NFL activity - you are unfamiliar with what their schedules are like.

  • Whitebread Platte City, MO
    May 1, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    I was at both of the firesides the Reid family did in the last month. They did a wonderful job! I say they are great ambassadors for football, family, and faith, and I dare say that most if not all walked away feeling the same way. Also, know that he and his wife have added to their "family" because of the type of people they are. I talked to one of his close associates and he spends much of his time keeping in contact with former players and coaches, friends, family, etc. They are real people who have known adversity like the rest of us and have remained faithful throughout. Thank you Reid family!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    Get off the dudes back. I used to be a cop and working on Sundays and at nights took me away from my family a lot. I missed a lot of school activities, father and sons outings, primary programs, Young women standards nights, and church meetings because of the job. I went when I could. Did I make my job the top priority? No I did not but it put food on my table for my family and a roof over their heads, which was my first priority. Even with the time away, my kids have still turned out just fine and I'm still married to my first and only wife.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    May 1, 2014 2:23 a.m.

    Chris B.,

    You are creating a false dichotomy. Every person prioritizes throughout the day. Family can't come first in the middle of a business meeting. It can't come first for most employed people during work hours. There is give and take for every professional who creates and keeps a family. And if it was put to Coach Reid, who knows what it takes to be an NFL coach, faith and family in the big scheme of things come first.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    @byu fan in dc,

    Y ask Y is absolutely right. He says "succeeding at reid's level cannot be done if you put church and family ahead of career"

    Now its true that most people have jobs, but not to the level that is takes away from a family life. If you think his job is just average in terms of taking away from family life, you don't know much about the life of an NFL head coach.

    Its just the way it is - he can certainly choose what he wants, but its the truth to say that you don't get to be a head coach in the NFL by putting family first.

  • BYU Fan in DC Washington, DC
    April 30, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    Y ask Y,

    You are entirely wrong about him putting football first. He is devote member of the church just like every other person who has a job. Currently his job requires him to work on Sundays, just like all the other NFL coaches and players who are LDS. He could become a general authority after he retires and I bet if he were called next year, he would job the coaching gig to become a seventy.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    Sorry, my comment was not meant as a criticism of Reid so much as a counter to the comment of BYUalum. Too often we in the LDS Church make the mistake of thinking that the Church and faith are and ought to be #1 priority for famous LDS people. Then we love to read stories about the fellow Saint who turned down a professional career because they didn't want to play on Sundays. But I say look at the facts of the matter. Succeeding at Reid's level cannot be done if you put Church and Family ahead of career. Career must come first, and family and Church makes sacrifices. That is why Reid is a successful NFL coach, but not a General Authority (and probably can't serve in many Church callings), and even he has questioned the toll the game has taken on his family life. So I don't see that listing Football 3rd after Faith and Family means anything at all.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    April 30, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    "Y ask Y," this is a positive article...one that highlights something good. Leave it to someone to provide a negative comment to denigrate it. He's one of yours...I admire the man; don't have the authority to judge him. Apparently, you must.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Note that he never uses his priority list as an excuse for losing football games.

    Take note byu alum

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    April 30, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Ah... that everyone would behave as I think they should. The world would be perfect then. confer Moses 4:1

  • Utahfan98 Kaysville, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    I once saw Coach Reid a little over a year ago in the Bountiful Temple.

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    Y Ask Y,

    A bit harsh.....

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:16 a.m.


    He may have listed football third, but his life demonstrates that football is first, and family and faith are distant runners up.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    Note that he put football third.