Son of Packers’ OC found in Wis. riverPolice have recovered the body of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son from an icy Wisconsin river and said Tuesday that they were trying to figure out how he died.
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Police have recovered the body of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son from an icy Wisconsin river and said Tuesday that they were trying to figure out how he died.
Michael T. Philbin, 21, disappeared early Sunday and was reported missing that night. His body was recovered from the Fox River by divers on Monday, but Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel waited a day to release the name out of respect for the family’s privacy.
“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly,” Joe Philbin said in statement released by the team. “He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family.”
News of Philbin’s death comes as the Packers prepare to host the New York Giants in an NFC playoff game Sunday. The team canceled players’ media availability Monday shortly before Philbin’s body was found. Packers general manager Ted Thompson issued a statement Tuesday saying the team’s thoughts and prayers were with the family.
“This is an emotional and difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy,” Thompson said. “All of us in the Packers family share in their grief.”
It was unclear whether Joe Philbin will continue to work with the team this week. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that he has a contingency plan if Philbin needs time off but didn’t elaborate. Team spokesman Aaron Popkey declined further comment Tuesday.