Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was met with a warm reception from fans and former players, as he made his much-anticipated return to Philadelphia on Thursday night.
After their coach visited with some familiar faces before the game, Reid's Chiefs exited his reunion tour with the all-important win and advanced to 3-0 on the season, as they toppled his former team 26-16.
Three or so hours before they knew what the result would be, the raucous sellout crowd inside Lincoln Financial Field welcomed Reid back with a somewhat surprising standing ovation, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, via Twitter:
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
Remember, this is the same city where Santa Claus was once booed.
Although some of the same fans in attendance Thursday were also shouting for Reid to be canned when the Eagles sputtered in 2011 and 2012, it's difficult not to appreciate Reid's 14-year body of work in Philadelphia and just how successful the team was with him at the helm, reaching the NFC Championship Game four consecutive years (2001-2004).
According to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Reid even exchanged pregame pleasantries with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and current head coach Chip Kelly. He also received a hug from Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin, who is currently out with an injured knee, before returning to business at kickoff time.
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Other notable Eagles players who played under Reid, including Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, had nothing but kind words for their former coach.
Vick described Reid as "one of the greatest men he's ever met," while McCoy acknowledged Reid's ability to "motivate" and get the best out of each and every one of his players, per WPVI-TV.
Reid coached the Eagles from 1999 through 2012, winning 130 regular-season games and leading the team to a 10-9 postseason mark that included a run to the Super Bowl in 2004. The Eagles made the playoffs nine times and finished below .500 in only three seasons during Reid's tenure.
And with a third win under his belt in 2013, the 55-year-old Reid has already put his stamp on Kansas City, which finished just 2-14 a season ago.
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