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WICHITA, Kansas – Deryk Faber says no one had ever told him he looked like Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, at least, not before Faber and his brother ended up on national television for his impersonation of the Chiefs’ coach.
The Fabers have a goal of seeing the Chiefs play in every NFL stadium, and with Reid making his return to Philadelphia, they could not pass up the chance to make the trip.
“It’s such a big game, long distance, pretty much a once in a lifetime thing, figured I might as well dress up and make it worth the trip,” Faber said before boarding a flight back to Wichita.
His dress-up act got plenty of attention. He got a free ride to the game from fellow Chiefs fans and took pictures with more than 100 Eagles fans. Then, producers from NFL Network spotted him and had an idea.
Faber was brought onto the post-game show in his Reid outfit along with his brother to present Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith with a player of the game award. The show’s hosts even thought Faber was Reid for a moment.
“[We] got to meet Alex, take pictures with him on the field,” Faber said. “I can’t imagine it happening to anyone ever again.”
So how close is the resemblance? We asked sports fans at Heroes in Old Town to find out.
“This is probably more Andy Reid in ’99, when he started for the Eagles,” Jason Rose said, referring to Faber’s picture as a slimmer version of the coach. “Andy Reid has more of a Kool-Aid body shape.”
“The shape of their face, their glasses are the same, their build, yeah, he looks like him,” Danielle McBride added.
The positive reaction may prompt Faber to suit up in the future.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again, whether it be at Arrowhead or another road game at a different place, but the initial place being Philadelphia was just perfect, you couldn’t have planned it better,” he said.