Body of Packers Joe Philbin Pulled from River

A body pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh is believed to be that of Michael Philbin, son of Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. The 21-year-old Ripon College student disappeared early Sunday after visiting with friends at U-W Oshkosh. Winnebago County sheriff’s divers had been searching the river, after getting a report that somebody fell through the ice around 2:30 Sunday morning. Divers found the body about three yesterday afternoon, about 30 yards from the shore. A nearby security guard was alerted after hearing a cry for help on the river. Police said the body was a 20-to-25-year-old man, and he was later positively identified — but police won’t release the name until today after relatives are notified. Foul play is not suspected, but police are still investigating. The Packers canceled media interviews yesterday, and coach Mike McCarthy said before the body was found that coach Philbin went to Oshkosh to view the search effort. He said the team was supporting Joe Philbin and his family the best it can, as the Packers get ready for a second-round playoff game on Sunday against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. Packer players put messages of support on Twitter. Guard T-J Lang, who lost his father last week, said a parent should “never have to say goodbye to his child.” Defensive lineman B-J Raji tweeted “Life is too short. Live in the present.”