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Good news for Packers’ Cullen Jenkins: His father has been found

NFC Championship Football

Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins (77) reacts to a sack of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins revealed at this week’s Super Bowl Media Day that he was growing increasingly concerned about the status of his father, whom he hadn’t heard from since Christmas. But Jenkins got good news today.

A spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department told the Associated Press on Thursday that Jenkins’ father, Darome Jenkins, is safe and sound in Hawaii. Darome Jenkins has a residence in Hawaii, and police went there after media inquiries about him.

It’s not clear why Jenkins hadn’t contacted his two sons, Cullen and Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.

“He went out to Hawaii,” Cullen told the Wisconsin State Journal this week, “and we haven’t heard from him since he went out there. It’s been a little over a month. . . . Obviously, you’re concerned for his safety, concerned about how he is, his state, everything.”

Darome Jenkins got sole custody of his two sons in 1981, when Cullen was 10 months old and Kris was 2, and raised them as a single father. Both players have cited their father’s tough love as a reason they became NFL players.

Cullen said this week that he has a ticket set aside and is still hoping his dad can make it to Dallas on Sunday for the Super Bowl.