|Philbin's presence "meant a lot" to Green Bay Sunday. (AP)|
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin made an extremely difficult decision this past week and coached during Green Bay's game against the Giants on Sunday despite his son dying less than a week ago.
It took an immense amount of courage to do so, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed after the 37-20 loss just how much it meant.
“It meant a lot just having him here," Rodgers said, via our Packers Rapid Reporter James Carlton. "I think deep down a lot of us wanted to get this one for him, give some happiness to him and his family."
Prior to the game, Rodgers huddled the team up and they chanted "family!" before running out on the field. It was an obvious tribute to Philbin.
It's unfortunate that the team couldn't come through for their offensive coordinator in this tough time, but it's also telling of his relationship with his players and the team that he found it comforting (one would assume) to join them at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
And it's also telling of his character and dedication to the Packers that he came to work despite the worst-possible circumstances. Clearly, it meant a lot.
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