On Monday, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin lost his son, 21-year-old Michael Philbin, after his body was recovered from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday but the results aren't expected for at least a month. According to wire reports, Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel said that they do not suspect foul play.
On Tuesday, Philbin spoke about his son, and he also thanked local authorities for their efforts.
“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly," Philbin said in a 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. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss.
“Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner’s office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal.”
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that "The Philbin family is obviously going through a tough time. As we always have, we're family-first in this organization. We're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to a positive conclusion."
Green Bay faces the New York Giants in a playoff game this weekend. Players from both sides took to Twitter to support Philbin.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley: "Life throws the bad things at us to make the good things all the more worthwhile."
Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (who lost his father within the last week): "As children, we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child."
Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton: "Please say a prayer for the Philbin family"
And Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck added: "Our prayers go out to the Philbin family and Packer nation for their loss."
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