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Our Condolences To Joe Philbin

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Our Condolences To Joe Philbin

As a father of three, I can't imagine the sadness and heartbreak Joe Philbin must be facing today in light of the news that his son Michael's lifeless body was pulled from the icy waters of the Fox River yesterday.

Watching the story unfold in what seemed like slow-motion via Twitter was gut-wrenching. I don't even want to think about how the Philbin's went about their Monday, hoping against hope that the reports of a search going on in the Fox near Oshkosh would turn out to have nothing to do with their missing son.

Sadly, it was not to be. Michael's body was reportedly pulled from the river late yesterday afternoon and the Oshkosh police are preparing for a press conference this morning to announce what has been reported since early last night - Joe Philbin's son is dead.

I never met Michael. I've met Joe twice in passing during training camp. He comes across as an extremely genuine and thoughtful individual. He and his wife Diane have five other children that they need to take time to grieve and heal with.

Whatever Philbin decides he needs to do this week both for himself and his family, the Packers and football will be there when he's ready. I hope he takes the time he needs to heal without feeling he needs to return to coaching due to a pending playoff game. And of course, I'd also understand if he and his family feel his being at Lambeau preparing for the game is the best place for him to be.

More than anything, I'd like to extend our deepest sympathy from all of us here at Cheesehead TV to Joe Philbin and his family. As Mike McCarthy said yesterday, the Packers truly are "family first" - and that extends to a fan base that sometimes feels that they are as close to their team as they are their own family, even if that is more of a projection than a reality.

Our condolences to the Philbin family.

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packsmack25's picture

This is awful. Football doesn't really matter everyone. Tell your loved ones how much you love them today and every day.

A-rodg's mustache's picture

HORRIBLE tragedy for the Philbin family. The packers ARE like family to me. I feel like I spend just as much time devoted to them as I do my own family on winter Sundays. I can only hope the team can focus this week and I would be VERY interested in finding out the details involved wit this situation. Why was he at the river on a cold Monday morning at 2am? I make no assumptions and only offer condolences but I hope for details in the ivestigation.

Mark's picture

Regardless what you thought about Michael, Joe and his wife are with out a son and Michael's siblings are without a brother

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Bob's picture

There is not a greater loss than the loss of one of your children. It just is not supposed to happen that way. My sincerest sympathies to the Philbin family.

JerseyCheese's picture

Very upsetting and kind of takes away from the playoff atmosphere -- which it should. My prayers go out to the Philbin family and I hope the Packers "win one for Joe" this weekend. I'm sure it will be a very emotional game.

NoWayJose's picture

Heartbreaking. As a father, I can't even think about this story for too long without getting seriously upset.

Condolences to the Philbins.

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Wake Up's picture

Not as tragic as double rape, but way to sweep that one under the rug.

packeraaron's picture

The son's sins have nothing to do with the pain the father and the family are feeling.

Not to mention that Michael spent time in jail and owned up to his horrible decisions that night. But of course you know him and know he didn't change at all in the TWO YEARS since that event took place.

What's that? You didn't know Michael? You just read something about him on the internet and had to chime in on a post that had everything to do with the pain his family is feeling and nothing - NOTHING - to do with who he was as a person? Oh.

Take your judgmental ignorance someplace else. If you don't think JOE Philbin is worthy of respect and sympathy, you are a complete and total loser and I want nothing to do with you.

Aelbourne's picture

My heart goes out to the Philbin family as well. I cannot imagine the hurt of losing a close family member in that way so suddenly. I am sure the Packer faithful will keep them in their prayers.

Rich Beckman's picture

My best wishes to Joe Philbin and his family as they grieve for Michael. I cannot imagine, and I hope I never learn, what they are going through.

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