Andy Reid Gets Applause from Eagles Fans in First Game Back in Philadelphia

Sean ODonnellContributor IIISeptember 19, 2013

Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Philadelphia Eagles fan hold up a sign honoring Kansas City Chiefs head coach and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid (not pictured) prior to the game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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When the Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) traveled east to take on the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) on Thursday Night Football, all eyes were on Andy Reid.

Reid, now the head coach of the Chiefs, spent 14 seasons in Philadelphia. Most fans and media outlets were uncertain about the reception that Reid would receive upon his return to Lincoln Financial Field. After all, this is the fanbase that once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs.

Eagles fans were left with many fond memories of Reid. After all, he did lead the team to 130 wins, six division titles, nine playoff appearances, five NFC Championships and one Super Bowl appearance. However, in 2012, a lackluster 4-12 performance—including failing to win 11 of their final 12 games—prompted Reid's dismissal from the franchise.

With so many highs and lows during his tenure in Philadelphia, it certainly was rather difficult to determine if the City of Brotherly Love would be, well, brotherly on Thursday night.

It was.

Not only did Reid receive a resounding round of applause, the Eagles organization introduced their former head coach upon his entrance from the locker room. That is not a normal practice in the NFL, and it was a classy move by the team. 

Take a look at Reid's entrance in this video from Mike Garafolo:


The reaction to the spectacle immediately went viral on Twitter:


With the game now underway and the winner yet to be determined, the next question that must be asked is: Will Reid receive the same reaction upon his exit?