Wednesday, August 11, 2010

IU mourns loss in football family

Yesterday's Alaskan plane crash that killed former Senator Ted Stevens also took the life of lobbyist Bill Phillips Sr., the father of Indiana freshman tight end Paul Phillips. Also on the plane was Paul's brother Willy, who was one of four fortunate enough to survive. Phillips left camp in Bloomington to be with his family.
Official press release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The father and brother of Indiana freshman tight end Paul Phillips were among nine passengers aboard a small plane that crashed in the Alaskan wilderness on Monday evening. Phillips' father, Bill Sr., was among five, including former United States Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), who passed away in the crash, while his brother, Willy, was among the four survivors. IU Football Head Coach Bill Lynch informed the team of the tragedy in a meeting this evening and Paul has left Bloomington to be with his family.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Indiana University community are with Paul, his family and everyone touched by this tragedy," Lynch said. "Please be respectful of the family as they deal with this private matter."
Paul Phillips, a native of Darnestown, Md., is in his first year with the Hoosiers after starting for three years at Georgetown Prep. He was a first team all-state selection his senior year. His father played football at Evansville from 1972-76, while his mother, Janet, was a swimmer in college and is a competitive equestrian. His two older brothers, Andrew and Colter, are football players at Stanford University and the University of Virginia, respectively. Andrew is a senior offensive guard and Colter is a sophomore tight end. 

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