Written by Matthew Cannata at 7:45 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
One thing that’s easy to forget is that those who work in the NFL, play on the field and coach the game are humans just like the rest of the us. They go through the same pain, same feelings and same emotions when something good or something bad happens.
We’ve probably all been through a time where someone close to us has passed away and we all know how painful and sad that can be. For Joe Philbin, that’s exactly what he’s going through with the loss of his father.
This week, Philbin has been away from the team since Monday evening and will return Wednesday evening in time for Thursday’s schedule. The wake for Paul Philbin was held on Tuesday and the funeral will be held on Wednesday morning. On the football side of things, Philbin is confident that things will go smoothly while he is away from the team.
On Sunday, following the game, Philbin was presented with the game ball by Stephen Ross. It was an emotional moment in the locker room and he spoke about it afterwards.
“It meant a lot that Steve (Ross) would present the ball. I told them a story about my dad after I got it. It was special, a special moment, and (I’m) really thankful. I told the team, we’ve always preached family’s the most important thing and it starts at the top, and I told them it starts with the owner. The owner believes in that and I believe in that. When somebody on the team needs something or needs support for a family matter, that’s the most important thing. That really starts with Steve.”
No matter what you may think of him as a coach, there is no denying that Philbin is an exemplary human being, who was raised by a two great parents in an environment that allowed he and his siblings to thrive. Philbin told us of an e-mail that his father got from a former baseball player of his.
“I’ll tell you…my dad got an email. My dad was my Little League baseball coach. He coached in the town, he was on…he stayed after, fifteen, twenty years after me and my brother and I left. I read an email Thursday he’d gotten a year ago from a guy I’d played Little League baseball with and hadn’t heard from in forty-something years. He talked about my dad. He talked about the kind of man he was and the impact he had on his life, in his formative years, and how he remembered him.”
On behalf of the entire PhinManiacs.com team, we express our sincere condolences to Joe Philbin and the rest of his family.