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KANSAS CITY — Long before Andy Reid was one of the NFL’s most respected coaches, he was an offensive lineman under BYU legend LaVell Edwards from 1978-80.
Reid remembered his college coach, who died Thursday at 86, with his trademark self-deprecating humor, some levity and a lot of emotion after the Chiefs’ practice Friday afternoon.
"He was great with people," Reid said. "He was a people person. You can put all the x's and o's aside — he was good at that, too. But the way he handled people was great.”
Reid was also a graduate assistant under Edwards in his first few years out of college. Were it not for Edwards, Reid said he may not have entered the coaching realm.
“I wasn’t going into coaching, and he talked me into doing it," Reid said. "Then he called me every week from that day on, like he had put me in a bad position.
“I always said he liked my wife better than he liked me … but he was my guy. I’m probably one of 10,000 guys saying that, and that’s what made him unique. He was such a great person.”
Watch the complete press conference at chiefs.com, with highlights in the video above.