Police: Son Of Packers Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin Found Dead

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFAN/AP) — Michael Philbin, son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, was found dead in a Wisconsin river, police confirmed Tuesday.

Divers recovered his body from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on Monday. Players and personnel were reportedly told the identity of the body yesterday.

News of Michael Philbin’s disappearance and death made for a difficult day in Green Bay, where the Packers are preparing for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Giants at Lambeau Field.

“Our prayers go out to the Philbin family and Packer nation for their loss,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck tweeted.

Police had been searching for the 21-year-old since Sunday evening. 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.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Results are not expected for at least a month. Oshkosh police Chief Scott Greuel said Tuesday they suspect no foul play.

He said they delayed releasing Philbin’s identity out of respect for his family’s privacy and because there’s no threat to public safety. Greuel declined to release any details of how Philbin became separated from his friends, saying the investigating continues.

Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children to Joe Philbin and his wife, Diane. He was sentenced to six months in jail in 2009 after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls.

“The Philbin family’s obviously going through a tough time right now, and as we always have, we’re a family-first philosophy with our organization, with our program,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday afternoon. “So we’re supporting Joe and his family the best we can.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

McCarthy spoke in a somber tone during his regularly scheduled news conference, confirming that Philbin was away from the team.

Although the offensive-minded McCarthy calls his own plays and has a hands-on role with game planning, Philbin’s behind-the-scenes detail work with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense would be missed. McCarthy said he has contingency plans in place to prepare for Sunday’s game if Philbin remains away from the team.

“We’re prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team’s ready to go,” he said, brushing aside a question about what the team would be missing if it didn’t have Philbin’s input this week. “We’ll be ready to go.”

Players, who were not made available to reporters, took to Twitter to post supportive messages.

“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.

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

“Live in the present,” Raji tweeted.

Joe Philbin has been with the Packers since 2003, and has been the team’s offensive coordinator since 2007. He interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ vacant head coaching job last week.

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  • bebe

    Thank god this piece of @#^(*&^%$ is dead .He RAPED 2 GIRLS .and to show him smiling.//SO glad he recovered and was happy piece of cr*p Seriously I do not feel bad for him I hope all rapist die , he needed the cold bath before the rapes not after .Karma is a B^%$# Say hello to hell for me .

  • HooRoosh

    Philbin technique: bring along a friend to hold down your date while you rape her. http://bit.ly/AsLZp9

  • Lee

    IT was ended that way because it WAS THE TRUTH and all deserve to know.
    My duaghter was one of the young girls brutally assaulted by this now dead pig and she is having one helluva time recovering from it. Peg, you are a typical moronic do gooder who opens your alrady foot cluttered mouth to insult the criminal who got of very, very, very, easy for what he did.

    Get your facts straigh you ignorant ass.

    Father of an innocent young girl trying to cope with brutality

    • lk

      I hope your daughter gets better. No one “gets over” a rape, but over time I hope she is able to move on and not let them take away any more from her than they already have.

    • Sam

      And just why weren’t you as a mother aware of where your minor child was/

    • Matthew

      What happend to that case? Did the defendant plead guilty or was he found guilty of the charges?

      I don’t really have any other information other than the complaint that I read in the link above and it seems like he was charged with 4 Class A misdemeanors, as a 17 year old. I’ve heard of defendants pleading down charges but this is the initial charge. I’m curious as to what the the resolution was, as I can’t just assume they were innocent or guilty based on an accusation.

  • Karen

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Philbin. I will offer up prayers for all concerned.
    from a CALIF mother who knows this pain…..

  • M.A.D

    To bury a child is too hard. Rest-in- Peace.

    • Grace Land

      to bury a CONVICTED rapist is easy! Micheal and his friend got yelled at by his parents after the rape. After pleading NO CONTEST to rape he got 6 MONTHS. Well, now he got LIFE or DEATH. there is JUSTICE! to the family….your dead rapist son is burning and you all will join him!

      • M.A.D

        My comment is based on the article I read and not on other news that I was not aware of. Regardless, I still stand behind my comment, condolences to the family and may he rest-in-peace.

  • Peg

    Did you really have to end this article the way you did?

    • Tommy C

      Well said Peg. What value does including that to a sad conclusion to a life end too soon.My condolences to the family.

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