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McCarthy: Packers family “holding out hope” for Michael Philbin

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We told you earlier Monday about the sad story emerging in Green Bay.

Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, has been reported missing. Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke on the matter Monday.

McCarthy said the organization has a “family first philosophy” and that they are “holding out hope” for Michael Philbin.  It was a strange atmosphere at McCarthy’s media session.  The Packers have understandably canceled their open locker room media session with players Monday.

“That was as subdued as I’ve seen Mike McCarthy at a news conference,” Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette wrote.

Joe Philbin is in Oshkosh where his son was reported missing. Divers have been searching the Fox River in Oshkosh, where police were called after an employee at a nearby company thought he heard someone fall into the ice and call for help at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern.

A body of a 20-25-year old man was recovered Monday afternoon with no identification.

Michael Philbin was last seen at 2:00 a.m. Police are not connecting the two events.

We’d like to send our thoughts to Philbin and the entire Packers family during this difficult time.

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44 Responses to “McCarthy: Packers family “holding out hope” for Michael Philbin”
  1. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 9, 2012 4:48 PM

    Thats horrible….My thoughts are with him and his family.

  2. thetooloftools says: Jan 9, 2012 4:50 PM

    Thoughts and prayers. This is not good.

  3. austrianpanther says: Jan 9, 2012 4:50 PM

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 9, 2012 4:52 PM

    Jeez… hearing this stuff makes you put these football games in proper context of what really matters in life… Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.

  5. rcampore says: Jan 9, 2012 4:53 PM

    Oh man…..that is way too close of a connection. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.

  6. Rex Grossman says: Jan 9, 2012 4:53 PM

    “Not only should the GAYS not be allowed to have children, but I now propose that NFL coaches be barred from having kids. Just look at the Philbin situation! It was Adam and Eve not Rodgers and Cheese!” – Newt Gingrich

  7. martylaughlin says: Jan 9, 2012 4:54 PM

    RIP Michael

  8. expatpack says: Jan 9, 2012 4:55 PM

    Nice to read some of the comments on the other post (which was apparently closed for comment) from some of the Giants fans. It would be nice for the coaching staff to prep for the Giants without distraction…but it is only a stupid football game. Joe must be going through personal hell right now.

  9. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 9, 2012 4:56 PM

    That gives some real perspective on this game coming up. I like mccarthys family first approach, after all, this is just a game.

  10. tyso4 says: Jan 9, 2012 4:59 PM

    I am a lions fan who lives in Oshkosh…. This transcends rivalry hatred. As a father my heart goes out to Joe Philbin and his family.

  11. austrianpanther says: Jan 9, 2012 4:59 PM

    On a bright side, news reports suggest that the New York Jets “missed” their playoff game due to “jet-engine failure”! I just hope that this is not true!!!

  12. tednancy says: Jan 9, 2012 4:59 PM

    My thoughts go out to the Philbin family, their friends, and the Packer organization.

    God be with you, and be not afraid.

  13. tjacks7 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:01 PM

    a woman thought she heard someone fall into the ice on the river and call for help at 2:30 a.m.


    Who just “thinks” they heard someone fall through the ice? And at 2:30am? Sounds suspicious to me.

  14. packergalmke says: Jan 9, 2012 5:02 PM

    A body was found in the Fox River. The police aren’t saying that it’s Michael Philbin but it looks like it is him. My heart goes out to the Philbin Family. And you haters have my contempt. The man loses his son and you can’t say one thing that isn’t hateful?

  15. jerseyshoregiant says: Jan 9, 2012 5:04 PM

    Our thoughts are with you!!!

  16. orbseadog52 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:05 PM

    Thoughts and Prayers to Coach Philbin and his family from the Steeler Nation.

  17. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:06 PM

    tyso4 says:
    I am a lions fan who lives in Oshkosh…. This transcends rivalry hatred. As a father my heart goes out to Joe Philbin and his family.

    Where you at the game last week with your nephew? If so, I was sitting next to you!!!

  18. austrianpanther says: Jan 9, 2012 5:13 PM

    According to the Oshkosh Polide, michale was last HEARD from, NOT SEEN from around 2:00 AM.

  19. blitzburgh43 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:15 PM

    Thoughts and prayers for the Philbin and Packers family. Horrible….

  20. nineroutsider says: Jan 9, 2012 5:16 PM

    Losing a child is the hardest thing for a parent to deal with; my mother hasn’t been the same since my little bother passed and likely never will be.

    Still holding out hope that Philbin’s family doesn’t have to go through it, but it doesn’t sound good. Nothing will make this better for them, nothing will make it go away. It’s a such a huge shock and loss for parents because they expect to be buried by their kids. Sad.

  21. blutri10 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:19 PM

    From a Giants fan to the Packers family…God Bless you all — you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. pack15forever says: Jan 9, 2012 5:24 PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Philbin family during this very difficult time.

  23. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:30 PM

    God be with that kid that the outcome will be positive and he is ok and be with his family to give them strength to carry on. Football is only a game and McCarthy is taking the right approach, my mom always told me family are good friends that God picks out for you, my thoughts and prayers go out to the philbin family.
    -Lions fan hoping for the best in Packerland

  24. textexington says: Jan 9, 2012 5:31 PM

    Win this game for our boy Michael. Go Pack Go!!!

  25. Tadd says: Jan 9, 2012 5:33 PM

    It is not looking good, the Packers players are posting on twitter in a somber way. I believe we will hear soon that it was his son that fell into the river.

    Prayers are sent to the family of this guy.

    First TJ Lang’s dad passes then this, hard on the team that is like family for sure.

  26. staff2cj4td says: Jan 9, 2012 5:34 PM

    I’m a die hard Lions fan living in Milwaukee WI. I HATE the Packers ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD!!! but this is real life, sorry to hear about this sad situation, prayers go out to his family and/or the family of the person found in the river today!

  27. skittlesareyum says: Jan 9, 2012 5:44 PM

    From a news site (

    The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department confirms the body of a male has been recovered from the Fox River, where divers spent two days searching. The body was recovered before 3:30 Monday afternoon.

    Our crew at the scene saw the county dive team boat come back to shore, ending its mission for the day.

    Shortly after, the sheriff’s department gave us confirmation they recovered the body of a white man believed to be between 20 and 25 years old. They are now working to confirm the person’s identity.

    The find comes after almost two full days of searching the cold, icy waters near the UW-Oshkosh campus.

    Sad news…

  28. packfaninchitown says: Jan 9, 2012 5:44 PM

    Andrew Brandt confirmed the body belongs to Philbin’s son, prayers going out to the Philbin family.

  29. justaintrightisit says: Jan 9, 2012 5:48 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Philbin family

  30. 2difshoe says: Jan 9, 2012 5:51 PM

    Prayers and good thoughts for positive outcome to this potentially horrifying news.

    Peace and hope to the entire Philbin family !

    Bear Fan

  31. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:51 PM

    i hope i heard wrong, but i think i just heard on nfl network he was found dead.

    hope i heard wrong. g-d bless that family

  32. cowboylover says: Jan 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    To the poster “Rex Grossman”; this is the second of your posts I’ve read concerning this young man’s life and I only have one question for you–where is your humanity? Too bad Taco Bill has been retired; Turd watch is still around and you fit the bill.

  33. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    I am in Milwaukee, WI and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Green Bay Packers Org.

    Sad news.

  34. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Rex Grossman, how can you even live with yourself? The way you bash on people, and something as serious as this? Your a douche!

    Second, how can anyone even give a thumbs down to comments when it’s such a tragic situation? When people are saying their thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and Packers family, they are sincere. So why give them a thumbs down? Shows that alot of people just come on here, to get themselves off, by voting on a comment they have no knowledge of. Just because you may not like the Packers, doesn’t mean you have to be a douche and come on here and talk trash to what has happened. This is someone’s son that had a tragic accident and passed away. Gosh, i guess some of you really don’t deserve to breathe.

  35. judsonjr says: Jan 9, 2012 10:37 PM

    Thoughts and prayers.

    Hopefully Regis will just take care of his family, the game is secondary at this point.

  36. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jan 9, 2012 10:48 PM

    The guy was a rapist. The world is better off with him sleeping on the bottom of the Fox River.

  37. tatum064 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:06 PM

    str3tched says:
    Jan 9, 2012 8:50 PM
    In 2009, a Brown County judge sentenced Michael Philbin to six months in jail after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two teen girls and two counts of battery.

    They recovered the body of Michael Philbin in Oshkosh. Unfortunately, it sounds as if Justice was done…”in house”. Its a tragedy that no one deserves, and whose to say the issue was even related to the 2009 sexual assault and battery.

    But, in light of the Casey Anthony murder case, and Penn St,, its a disturbing trend that is just beginning.

    Thoughts and prayers to the Philbin family.

  38. axespray says: Jan 9, 2012 11:18 PM

    No family should have to go through the loss of a loved one (especially a parent losing a child).

    We all raise our kid(s) and hope for the best, if they disappoint us by committing crimes, do you stop loving them? Your child…

    I just wanted to clarify that we’re not shedding tears for a guy that was convicted of rape, we’re praying for a family going through a tough time right now, God Bless Joe and his household.

  39. jimboslice208 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:41 PM

    Niner fan here. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Packers org. during this tragic time

  40. jimboslice208 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:46 PM


    Your post was sickening. Not condoning sexual assault whatsoever, but Philbin lost his son. Put yourself in his position. Nothing about your comment was amusing. Grow up

  41. billybone says: Jan 10, 2012 5:38 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you coach Philbin.

  42. souldogdave says: Jan 10, 2012 11:04 AM

    It’s a terrible thing to lose your child, even, maybe especially because he was troubled. Was this suicide? A troubled life and a tragic death.

  43. souldogdave says: Jan 10, 2012 11:05 AM

    It’s a terrible thing to lose your child, even, maybe especially because he was troubled. Was this suicide? A troubled life and a tragic death.This is not a duplicate because the connection reset.

  44. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jan 10, 2012 9:05 PM


    None of it was suppose to be amusing. I cant put myself in his place because I dont know how to be a child rapist so matching his mindset is impossible for me. Its one thing to be a heavy drinking college kid getting in bar fights, its another to be raping children. A person that is okay with raping children is a person that cant be fixed.

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