The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Andy Reid Shows Up To Coach NFC Pro Bowl Squad Out of Habit
Originally posted 2/14/2005

A momentarily confused Andy Reid wanders the sidelines at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu
HONOLULU - Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid showed up in Hawaii this week to coach the NFC Pro Bowl squad even though he wasn't supposed to. Pro Bowl coaching duties go to the coaches of the teams that lose in the Conference Championship games, and Reid's Eagles advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. "I'm so used to losing the NFC title game and coaching in the Pro Bowl," said Reid, "that I completely forgot that we won it this year."

"I was a little confused to see coach here, to be honest," said Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb who, after losing in the previous three NFC Championship games, finally led the Eagles into the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots last Sunday. "Then we realized why he was here, and we all had a good laugh."

"I saw Andy earlier in the week," said NFC Pro Bowl coach Jim Mora, whose Atlanta Falcons lost to Reid's Eagles in the NFC title game this season. "I figured he was just here on vacation or something. Then, on Sunday, he showed up in the locker room and started addressing the team, and I was like, 'Uh, Andy?'"

"Hey, honest mistake," Reid said. "Could happen to anybody. I'm not sure my wife and kids didn't say anything, but, I guess they were just as used to it as I am. You lose that many NFC title games in a row, you just sort of get into a routine, you know?"

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