Michael Philbin, Son of Packers Coach, Called Pal Before Falling In River


Michael Philbin's Last Hours Reconstructed

Packers coach Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where his son had been reported missing after an outing with friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, according to ESPN. Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children.

"The Packers family was saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin," said Packers general manager Ted Thompson in a statement, noting that the team's thoughts and prayers are with the Philbins and asking the public to respect the family's privacy.

"All of us in the Packers family share in their grief," he said.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy noted that he had plans in place to prepare for Sunday's NFL playoffs NFC Divisional round against the New York Giants if Philbin remained away from the team, ESPN reported. The Packers are seeded first in their division.

"We're prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team's ready to go," McCarthy said. "We'll be ready to go."

Packers players offered supportive messages on Twitter throughout the day.

"As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child," said offensive lineman T.J. Lang.

Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji wrote that "life is too short."

"Live in the present," he tweeted.

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