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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A body pulled from a river in Oshkosh, Wis., Monday has been positively identified as that of 21-year-old Michael Philbin, son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, a source close to the family tells ESPN.

Oshkosh police have yet to release the identity of the body. The Packers, who are preparing for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game game against the Giants, canceled player availability Monday.

Police have been searching for Michael Philbin since Sunday evening. He disappeared at about 2 a.m. Sunday after an outing with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.

Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where divers recovered the body of a man between the ages of 20 and 25 from the Fox River in the late afternoon after a security guard reported hearing cries for help from someone on the ice. Oshkosh police said foul play was not suspected, but the man's name was being withheld until his family is notified.

Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children to Joe Philbin and his wife, Diane.

"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," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the day. "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."

The offensive-minded McCarthy calls his own plays and has a hands-on role with game planning, but Philbin's behind-the-scenes detail work with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense would not be unnoticed. McCarthy said he has contingency plans in place to prepare for Sunday's game if Philbin remains away from the team.

"We're prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team's ready to go," McCarthy said, brushing aside a question about what the Packers would be missing if it did not have Philbin's input this week. "We'll be ready to go."

Packers and Giants players took to Twitter with supportive messages.

"As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child," said offensive lineman T.J. Lang, whose father, Thomas, died last week.

Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji wrote that "life is too short."

"Live in the present," he tweeted.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck offered his condolences via his Twitter page.

"Our prayers go out to the Philbin family and Packer nation for their loss," he wrote.

Joe Philbin has been with the Packers since 2003 and has been the team's offensive coordinator since 2007. He interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' vacant head coaching job last week.

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What shitty thing to happen, at any time let alone when the whole country is focused on you.

No doubt. Ranks up there with the Steelers RB coach who got burned in his own house fire.

 

Obviously the focus is on the guy's family, but it's stuff like this that a team can rally for and it can really end up being a uniting, team-building, focus-building thing. This could easily be a motivating factor for GB to blow our doors off.

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No doubt. Ranks up there with the Steelers RB coach who got burned in his own house fire.

 

Obviously the focus is on the guy's family, but it's stuff like this that a team can rally for and it can really end up being a uniting, team-building, focus-building thing. This could easily be a motivating factor for GB to blow our doors off.

 

See the passing of Brett Favre's Dad.

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Keep in my that the kid sexually Assalted two 16 year old girls a few years ago. And spent 6 months in jail. Still a sad story for sure though.

 

Eh I read about that, from my understanding he was 18 at the time? And he met the girls at a party.

 

I read into more of a case of two girls thinking they could fuck the guy with the famous daddy then try to claim rape.

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Eh I read about that, from my understanding he was 18 at the time? And he met the girls at a party.

I read into more of a case of two girls thinking they could fuck the guy with the famous daddy

then try to claim rape.

Yea who knows but apparently they were unconscious.

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Eh I read about that, from my understanding he was 18 at the time? And he met the girls at a party.

 

I read into more of a case of two girls thinking they could fuck the guy with the famous daddy then try to claim rape.

 

Where are you guys reading that I googled it for 20 minutes and came up with nothing. All I got was he was convicted and sentenced to six months.

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Where are you guys reading that I googled it for 20 minutes and came up with nothing. All I got was he was convicted and sentenced to six months.

 

This was years ago when I first read it when the story first broke.

 

I could be wrong though, like I said it was years ago and it's not like I read to much into it.

 

edit found the link: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/40400607.html

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"has been positively identified as that of 21-year-old Michael Philbin, son ofPackers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, a source close to the family tells ESPN.

Oshkosh police have yet to release the identity of the body"

 

WHAT?

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"has been positively identified as that of 21-year-old Michael Philbin, son ofPackers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, a source close to the family tells ESPN.

Oshkosh police have yet to release the identity of the body"

 

WHAT?

 

A relative confirmed the identity. Story was leaked to the press before the police officially announced it.

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