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T.J. Lang's father passes away

Jan 05, 2012 -- 9:36pm

GREEN BAY – T.J. Lang’s father, Tom, passed away Thursday, the Green Bay Packers starting left guard said on his Twitter page Thursday evening.

“Lost a great man today,” Lang wrote on his Twitter page. “RIP Thomas Lang Sr. I love you dad im going to miss you.”

Lang spoke openly with beat writers on several occasions about his father being ill, and Tom Lang was able to travel from the family’s home outside of Detroit to spend Christmas with his son and grandson, J.J.

Tom Lang was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in mid-November. (His son declined to specify what the illness is, saying it was out of respect for his father’s privacy.) T.J. learned of his father’s illness the morning of the Packers’ Nov. 14 Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field, but he played well before leaving the next morning for his father’s home in suburban Detroit, where he spent a couple of days before returning to work.

When the Packers played the Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field, his father did not attend the game, but Lang was able to stay behind while his teammates departed after the game on the team charter back to Green Bay. He spent the entire weekend with his dad, who then came to Green Bay for the Christmas night game against the Bears. Tom, T.J.’s sister Megan and their mother, who was divorced from Tom but had maintained a close friendship with him, arrived in Green Bay two days before the game.

Tom Lang was 55.

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