Tom Brookshier always made it a point to take up Andy Reid's invitation to former Eagles to remain part of the family. Mr. Brookshier, who passed away on Friday night at the age of 78 after a bout with cancer, visited practice at the NovaCare Complex every year and Reid always made sure to take time out and visit with Mr. Brookshier and the guests Mr. Brookshier invited.
Reid and Mr. Brookshier became good friends during that time, and when Reid learned of Mr. Brookshier's passing, the head coach was understandably upset.
"Tom Brookshier is one of all-time greats, both for what he did on the field and for the kind of man he was off the field. I will always remember him for his booming and bright personality," said Reid. "He had an uncanny love for life, a love for his family and a love for the game of football, especially for the Philadelphia Eagles. He bled green and I will always cherish our conversations and the relationship that we fostered throughout my tenure in Philadelphia. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Barbara, and the rest of the Brookshier family."
Per the Brookshier family, funeral arrangements are pending.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 11:39 a.m., January 30