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Philbin says of son: We will miss him dearly

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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  One day after the body of his 21-year-old son Michael was recovered from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin issued a statement through the team this afternoon: “We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss. “Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner’s office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal.” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee that he has spoken to Philbin and several people have visited the family home to express their condolences. “It’s been a rough couple days around the facility,” Rodgers said. “A lot of us have been really upset.” As for the team’s mental state following the Philbin tragedy, Rodgers said: “We’re all professionals. We have to be able to separate the on-the-field from the off-the-field stuff. And make sure when you're at work, you remain focused. But we're human as well, and the human element is that it’s on your mind. You're thinking about it. You're thinking about Joe. “What do you say to someone who has lost their son in a tragic way like this? … There are no words I can say to comfort him. I wanted him to know how much I care about him and (wife) Diane and the family and I'm praying for him. “But I think once we get in here on Wednesday, it's going to be about beating the Giants and making sure we're doing everything we can do to play our best game."

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