The NFL's Hall of Fame weekend usually signals the true countdown until the kickoff of the season.
This year's much-anticipated Hall of Fame weekend saw the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio induct six new members of it's prestigious Hall of Fame on Saturday night, leading up to the usually fun-to-watch Hall of Fame game Sunday.
However, despite the, also much-anticipated, Hall of Fame game between the post-bounty scandal New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL suffered a tragic loss as news spread about the sudden discovery of the death of Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid.
Garrett was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University Sunday morning, he was 29 years old. The cause of death has yet to be determined, however Lehigh Police Chief Edward Shupp stated that "there were no suspicious activities."
The 29 year-old Garrett suffered with drug abuse for years and was also imprisioned for a 2007 high-speed car crash with another driver. At the scene of the accident, police found heroin and more than 200 pills in his car. After he surrenderd and began serving his prison sentence, guards caught Reid trying to smuggle in pills from outside.
In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20's, Reid said he "got a thrill" out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents' suburban Villanova mansion.
"I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life," Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. "I could go anywhere in the 'hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer."
The Eagles continued their training camp on Sunday, without head coach Andy Reid, who attended to his family. Assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo ran the team's walkthrough and will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns.
"My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family," quarterback Michael Vick tweeted. "Stay strong and we LOVE you coach."
Meanwhile in Canton, a game still did go on, giving the world something else football related to talk about outside anything money or legal related.
The Saints, led by interim head coach Joe Vitt, beat Arizona 17-10 Sunday night in a game that showcased the depth of both the Saints and Cards, especially at the quarterback position.
Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees played just one drive, going 4-for-5 for just 41 yards, leading the Saints all the way downfield on the game's opening drive as Mark Ingram scored the first touchdown of the year.
Where Brees played a crisp as usual, Cardinals starter Kevin Kolb played anything but. His first pass of the game was picked off by Malcolm Jenkins, who jumped the deep out route intended for Andre Roberts.
Kolb's nightmare continued and ended after he was hurt in the end zone after he was hit while completing a pass to Anthony Sherman in the first quarter. Kolb was diagnosed with what was called a rib contusion, ending his forgetful 1-for-4 for 4 yards night.
John Skelton took over for Kolb midway through the first, however didn't do any better, throwing for just 32 yards on the night. However, he led the Cards on a 14-play, 90 yard drive and a touchdown after Kolb's injury, giving it to Alfonso Smith to pound it in from four-yards out early in the second quarter to tie the game at seven all.
His second-string counterpart, Saints backup QB Chase Daniel ended up stealing the show, throwing for a game-high 203 yards and running for another 17, making several plays on his feet to keep the Saints' drives alive. Daniel's lone touchdown pass came to Travaris Cadet, the Appalachian State rookie free agent, late in the second to give the Saints a 17-7 halftime lead.
Although the Cardinals top three quarterbacks struggled for the most part, they saw a bright glimpse of a possible future in rookie Ryan Lindley, out of San Diego State, who threw for a team high 118 yards, but also threw an interception late to end a possible comeback.