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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Andy Reid struggles with work/life balance

In a culture where the success of a father is measured by the money he accumulates, it was no surprise a few years ago when Stan Van Gundy's resignation as Miami Heat coach was met with skepticism. Van Gundy wanted to spend more time with his family.

Now, Andy Reid is on the hot seat for neglecting his family in pursuit of football fame as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles coach. Reid insisted he will not resign Friday, a day after a judge sentenced Reid's two sons to prison and likened his home to a "drug emporium."

This work/life balance stuff is tough, men too are finding out. A high-paying time, demanding job often means sacrifice and in the pursuit of a flashy Superbowl rings, it often is a coach's family that pays the price. Look around in the world of sports: Joe Gibbs has family meals tape-recorded and sent to the office so he can catch up on whatever he's missing. Tony Dungy, who preaches work/life balance, has had his bumps too. In December 2005, his 18-year-old son, James, committed suicide.

Still, Dungy believes whenever the priorities of coaches or players lean too heavily toward work, they need confidants to help them regain perspective. Where is Reid's confidant?

Reid has been called one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. But in the game of life, there's a whole different definition of success.


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