Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 1/12/12
Nick McDonald hasn’t been a member of the Packers since this summer. But the ties are still quite strong. That was clear yesterday when I asked him about the son of Green Bay OC Joe Philbin (who we wrote about last year). The 21-year-old son of Philbin, the Springfield native, was found dead Monday after tragically drowning in an Oshkosh (Wisc.) river, police said Wednesday. Philbin released a statement saying, “His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.” It all hit home with McDonald, who grew close with Philbin while on the Green Bay practice squad. “I knew him really well,” McDonald told me, taking a lot of time between words, clearly hurt by the entire situation. “I even met a couple of his kids. It’s terrible, a terrible situation. I’m sure I couldn’t imagine if I had a kid and lost a kid, I mean, that’s sucks. It’s all you can really say about it. I’m sure he’s struggling, I’m sure its hard for the family. It is a tight-knit family over there, those
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