Now we know why Packers coach Mike McCarthy's news conference was canceled Wednesday.
McCarthy received news early in the day that his younger brother, Joe McCarthy III, had died suddenly. Joe McCarthy, 47, was playing racquetball at a Pittsburgh-area gym when he collapsed.
He was rushed to UPMC Passavant hospital in McCandless, Pa., where he was pronounced dead, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
McCarthy flew immediately to Pittsburgh to be with his family. He is one of Joe Jr. and Ellen's five children.
McCarthy, 51, and his brother, Joe, were close. They played sports together and worked in their father's bar in the Greenfield neighborhood cleaning up after attending Mass on Sunday mornings.
Joe McCarthy ran his own law firm, McCarthy & Associates, LLC, in the Pittsburgh area and once worked as a state Deputy Attorney General. He attended Penn State and the Duquesne School of Law, according to his LinkedIn page.
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Pro Bowl teams picked
Like sandlot players when they were kids, Hall of Famers Chris Carter and Michael Irvin chose sides for Team Carter and Team Irvin in their Pro Bowl matchup on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
Quarterback Andrew Luck of Indianapolis went No. 1 to Team Carter. Irvin chose Dallas QB Tony Romo as No. 2.
Cincinnati's A.J. Green was picked No. 3 by Carter. Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants was No. 4 to Irvin. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles was selected No. 5 by Team Carter. Team Irvin went with Dallas tackle Tyron Smith at No. 6.
Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt are co-captains for Team Carter. Dallas running back DeMarco Murray and Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden are co-captains for Team Irvin.