Reid, now the head coach of the Chiefs, spent 14 seasons in Philadelphia. Most fans and media outlets were uncertain about the reception that Reid would receive upon his return to Lincoln Financial Field. After all, this is the fanbase that once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs.
Eagles fans were left with many fond memories of Reid. After all, he did lead the team to 130 wins, six division titles, nine playoff appearances, five NFC Championships and one Super Bowl appearance. However, in 2012, a lackluster 4-12 performance—including failing to win 11 of their final 12 games—prompted Reid's dismissal from the franchise.
With so many highs and lows during his tenure in Philadelphia, it certainly was rather difficult to determine if the City of Brotherly Love would be, well, brotherly on Thursday night.
Not only did Reid receive a resounding round of applause, the Eagles organization introduced their former head coach upon his entrance from the locker room. That is not a normal practice in the NFL, and it was a classy move by the team.
Take a look at Reid's entrance in this video from Mike Garafolo:
The reaction to the spectacle immediately went viral on Twitter:
"I thought the Eagles fans handled [Andy Reid's ovation] with a touch of class & I'm proud to say I am from this great city." - Mike Mayock— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) September 20, 2013
Before the Eagles unrolled the welcome mat for the Chiefs, Philadelphia welcomed Andy Reid back with a standing O: http://t.co/SePoJ3iskF— theScore (@theScore) September 20, 2013
Andy Reid received a standing ovation when the #Eagles flashed a "Thank You" on the jumbo screen listing his accomplishments.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 20, 2013
Andy Reid got a warm ovation from the Philly fans. Which is as it should be, even in the city that booed Santa. http://t.co/xMZKcT0Aze— Paolo Bandini (@Paolo_Bandini) September 20, 2013
With the game now underway and the winner yet to be determined, the next question that must be asked is: Will Reid receive the same reaction upon his exit?