To update Marc Greenberg’s post from earlier today, the worst has been confirmed for Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
Green Bay Packers employees were informed Monday that the body of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael, was found in a river in Oshkosh, Wis., and identified, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported.
Police in Oshkosh had been searching for 21-year-old Michael T. Philbin, the second-oldest of Joe and Diane Philbin’s six children, since Sunday night. He disappeared at about 2 a.m. Sunday after an outing with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.
Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where divers recovered the body of a man between the ages of 20 and 25 from the Fox River in late afternoon after a security guard reported hearing cries for help from someone on the ice.
Players and team officials put out statements in support of their coach upon hearing of the news.
“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, whose father, Thomas, died last week.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said that the Green Bay Packers are a “family first” organization, and have contingency plans in place in the case that Philbin can’t be with the team this week.