Freshman’s father killed in Alaska crash

[10:36 UPDATE]

CNN has provided more bio information on those involved in the crash, including Bill Phillips Sr:

William “Bill” Phillips Sr. Phillips was a partner in the Washington law and lobbying firm Utrecht and Phillips and a former aid to Stevens. Phillips focused on lobbying on transportation, telecommunications, technology, energy, natural resources and national defense issues.


A sad day for Indiana football. The official press release:

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.


  1. wow, this one really bothers me. I am praying for the family now. I hope Paul has a great cast of friends and family to lean on in this hard time. Good luck and take your time coming back Paul!

  2. Hopefully Paul has been in Indiana long enough and is comfortable enough with us in the “Hoosier Family” that our support will mean something to him. There’s a lot of people you’ve never met who have you in their hearts, kid.

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