One story involving the Packers muted all others yesterday. The body of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s 21-year-old son was recovered yesterday from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wis. “The Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team pulled the body of a 20- to 25-year-old man from the river at 3 p.m. Monday about 30 yards from shore,” according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Authorities declined to identify the person, but a source confirmed the body is that of Philbin’s son, Michael.” Authorities did not suspect foul play in the death.
Due to the news regarding Philbin’s son, it was not business as usual at 1265 Lombardi Ave. “The Packers cancelled Monday’s scheduled open locker room session with the media in light of developments regarding the status of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael,” reports Tyler Dunne of JSOnline.
Players were not made available to the media, but they did react to the information via Twitter. “Shortly after learning the news, Philbin’s players took to their Twitter accounts to share their condolences and support the coach and his family,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Head coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference took place as scheduled but had an undercurrent of sadness to it. “Packers coach Mike McCarthy held his weekly scheduled press conference Monday in what was a somber five minutes,” writes Kareem Copeland of PackersNews.com. “The morning was filled with news that offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son had gone missing in Oshkosh and was last heard from around 2 a.m. on Sunday.”
General manager Ted Thompson made a statement through a press release. ”Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time,” Ted Thompson is quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
Anything and everything Mike McCarthy said on Monday took a backseat to the other news of the day, though he did comment on the Packers’ upcoming opponent in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. “In six days, the Packers do have an elimination game to play,” writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And McCarthy did take full notice of the New York Giants’ convincing 24-2 wild-card win over the Atlanta Falcons.” McCarthy, in particular, mentioned the Giants defensive line and the challenge they pose.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings called Aaron Rodgers better than Brett Favre in a radio interview in New York.
Aaron Rodgers was made an honorary member of a fraternity at St. Norbert College along with fellow quarterback Graham Harrell.
Aaron Rodgers was also nominated for the NFL’s Air Player of the Year.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look back at the first game between the Packers and the Giants this season.
A study by the Journal Sentinel finds the Packers are pretty good in rematches with their opponents.
The Packers will distribute 70,000 hand warmers to fans attending Sunday’s game.
John Dorsey is named an under-the-radar scout.
Playoff tickets are in demand, according to the Press-Gazette.
Three former Packers joined concussion lawsuits.
The Packers Hall of Fame kicked of their children’s at-home reading program.
Video: Support pours in for the Philbin family. From WBAY-TV in Green Bay…
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