The Truth About Andy Reid's Children

Andy Reid has become a household name among football fans since making a career coaching big NFL teams, like the Philadelphia Eagles; the Green Bay Packers; and his current team, the Kansas City Chiefs. 

While he's a highly successful coach, he is also a serious family man with more than a few children. Together with his wife, Tammy, Reid has raised five children. Although there have surely been many beautiful moments, there have also been quite a few tragedies. The truth about Andy Reid's children is a gut-wrenching one.

Before he was a big name in the NFL, Reid met his wife while attending college at Brigham Young University, and the two married in 1981, per Just Jared. "I had no idea what our lives were going to be like," Tammy recalled (per Just Jared). "I was just a roll-with-the-punches kind of girl, and I'm a bloom-where-you're-planted kind of girl. So we'd move."

Over the course of their many moves and their life together, they grew their family by five: Britt, Spencer, Crosby, Garrett, and Drew Ann. While some of the younger Reids have private lives, Britt and Spencer both followed in their father's football footsteps. Britt is currently working for the Kansas City Chiefs, while Spencer works for the Colorado State Football program (per Very Celeb).

Andy Reid's eldest son, Garrett, suffered a drug overdose

Andy Reid's eldest son, Garrett, suffered from drug addiction for many years, as did his brother Britt (per the New York Post). While Britt was able to turn his life around, Garrett went to prison in 2007 for a car accident that he was a part of while under the influence of heroin. 

Speaking with his judge following the incident, he said (per The New York Times), "I don't want to die doing drugs. I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion."

Reid was there to help his son. He let Garrett work unofficially with the Eagles coaches at a training camp. It was there that, tragically, Garrett died of an accidental overdose on heroin on Aug. 5, 2012, while in one of the training facility dorm rooms. 

When the Kansas City Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl, Britt spoke about how keenly he felt his brother's absence. "We all miss him. He would love this. He loved sports, he loved football," he said at the time, per Sportscasting. "He would have been in heaven right here. It is what it is, but it would have been special, definitely."

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Britt Reid was involved in a drunk driving incident that injured a child

As previously mentioned, Britt Reid also struggled with drug addiction, and, in 2007, he was given jail time along with his brother, Garrett Reid, after he was found to be in possession of drugs and guns, according to ESPN

Though it had seemed like his foray into coaching had turned his life around, a drunk driving incident in February 2021 suggests that Britt is still struggling to overcome a reliance on drugs and alcohol. 

As The Sun reported, Britt had been drinking and was under the influence of Adderall when he crashed his car into two stationary vehicles on an on-ramp in February 2021, severely injuring himself and a 5-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles. The child suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident.

In April 2022, Britt will be placed on trial for a charge of felony driving while intoxicated. According to ESPN, this charge comes with a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Spencer, Crosby, and Drew Ann Reid lead relatively quiet lives

Unlike their siblings, Spencer, Crosby, and Drew Ann Reid have spent much of their lives out of the spotlight. According to Coloradoan, Andy Reid's youngest son, Spencer, has followed in his father's footsteps to become the assistant strength and conditioning coach for Colorado State's football program. 

Prior to that, Spencer played football at Temple University in Philadelphia before completing a two-year mission for the Mormon Church in Fresno, California. 

"As a player, I loved the camaraderie, I loved that side of it," Spencer told Coloradoan. "Being able to get better, stronger, faster, more explosive. I thrived on it, and it was just what I gravitated towards. So, it was an easy transition for me. I knew I could still have time with my family and not have those long, long hours."

Crosby, who has performed the National Anthem prior to the Kansas City Chiefs games in the past, per the Kansas City Star, is married, though not much else is known about Andy's daughter. 

Andy's second daughter, Drew Ann, is married to Devin Woodhouse, per ABTC. Woodhouse served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2014 to 2019 before taking on that same role at the University of Wisconsin, according to his biography on the University of Wisconsin's website

Drew Ann and Woodhouse share three children: daughters Blake and Brigitte and son Reid.