The NFL world and Kansas City Chiefs fans were worried after the team’s head coach Andy Reid was transported to The University of Kansas Health System moments after their 30-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Reid did not attend the postgame news conference, with special teams coordinator Dave Toub and quarterback Patrick Mahomes taking up media duties.
What happened to Andy Reid?
So what happened to Andy Reid? Details around Reid’s condition remain few. He coached the entirety of Sunday’s game, which was played in high temperatures, and subsequently addressed the team in the locker room. According to ESPN, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire did not notice anything wrong with the coach during the game or locker room address, a statement Mahomes was quick to reiterate. The quarterback observed that the coach seemed fine while issuing instructions on the sidelines and when giving the team talk in the locker room.
He then underwent an evaluation from the Chiefs’ medical staff, who suggested that he be sent to the hospital for further observation. According to the NFL, Reid had suffered dehydration during the game.
Kansas City chiefs released an official statement moments after Reid’s hospitalization, confirming that he was in stable condition and was only taken to the hospital as a precaution after feeling unwell. They, however, did not disclose the exact details of the illness.
Reid was released from the hospital the following day
Reid was released from the hospital on Monday, Sept. 27, and resumed his coaching duties the following day. He was seen in the team’s facilities as the team prepared for the upcoming game against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Reid allayed any concerns about his health, assuring everyone that he was OK and felt great. He also thanked the reporters for respecting his privacy and expressed his gratitude to everyone who attended to him during his short stint at the hospital. Reid was, however, unwilling to divulge any information regarding the cause of the hospitalization, although he wished it had never happened.
Chiefs teammates showed their support via social media
There was an outpouring of concern following Reid being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to share his good wishes for the head coach. Mahomes acknowledged that the team was concerned upon hearing the news, but the staff kept the team leaders informed on the situation, and they, in turn, passed it down to the rest of the team, helping alleviate any tension in the locker room.
Mahomes further added that he wanted Reid to remain healthy so that he could continue making progress with the Chiefs. Ted Crews, the director of communication, said that Reid was recuperating well and was hoping to be back with the team in no time, reported The Kansas City Star.
In his decades-long coaching career, Reid has not been known to face any health issues, although it can be argued that he is not getting any younger. The limitations that come with age might explain his condition on Sunday. Coaching at the top level in the NFL is arduous at any age and he has done it for such a long time earning the respect of everyone he has worked with.
However, Reid has put the issue behind him as he has done with all other challenges in his life. According to Reid, there is no cause for concern as he feels great and ready to get on with it. At this stage, we will have to take his word for it.