Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/25/12
By his own count, Joe Philbin was an assistant football coach for 10,061 days before landing a head position. In the blink of an eye, his life changed forever. Not that Philbin needs any more reminders about the loss his 21-year-old son Michael, who drowned in a Wisconsin river in January. But they are there in his office at Miami Dolphins headquarters. "I look at the picture of my children and our son that's behind the desk to start every day," Philbin said. "There's a lot of other great pictures of him and our whole family." Philbin is sitting in a chair surrounded by those portraits featuring six children and his wife. When speaking to the media about Michael shortly after his passing, Philbin fought back tears. Philbin was asked Wednesday whether he's in a better place now that several months have passed. The question caused a momentary pause before he answered, "Yeah -- sometimes." "It's tough," Philbin said as his blue eyes softened. "But it's been better." Making the D...
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