Joe Philbin to start vacation with an “emotional” family reunion


For most of the NFL world, the next five weeks provide the biggest window of the year to spend time with family.

And for Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, that time will begin with a special reunion.

According to Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post, Philbin said he’s headed to Fort Hood, Texas on Tuesday to welcome home his son.

Matthew Philbin is a West Point graduate and first lieutenant in the Army, and has been stationed in Kuwait after a previous tour in Iraq.

“We’re all going to be there, and I guess they do that ‘move that bus’ deal like they do on that show [Extreme Home Makeover],” Philbin said. “So that’s obviously going to be a great time for our family, and an emotional time.”

Other than that, the Dolphins coach said he planned a low-key vacation, spending time with his relatives.

“But nothing special really,” he said. “I’m not a hunter, not a fisher and not a golfer. I love my profession and love my family, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

That’s understated, but after the trauma of the last year, this week’s homecoming will obviously be a welcome one for Philbin and his family.