Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was found dead on Monday.
According to ESPN, a body retrieved from a river in Oshkosh, Wis. late yesterday was positively identified as that of Michael Philbin’s. Police had been searching for the youngster ever since he was first reported missing at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. He was last seen around 2:15 a.m. on Sunday morning after spending some time with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area.
Based on evidence they pieced together over the course of late Sunday and early Monday, police suspected that Michael Philbin fell into the icy Fox River. These suspicions were eventually confirmed, obviously.
Oshkosh police have publicly stated that foul play was not involved in this tragic incident.
Earlier on Monday before Michael Philbin’s body had been identified, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy released this statement on the matter:
"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," he said. "So we're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to a positive conclusion."
When the topic of whether or not Joe Philbin’s absence would impact Green Bay’s offensive playcalling this weekend came up, McCarthy swiftly brushed it aside.
"We're prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team's ready to go," McCarthy said. "We'll be ready to go."
Michael Philbin was the second-oldest of six children.