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BBAO: Profiling Bears' Stephen Paea

We're Black and Blue All Over:

You'll find all kinds of interesting nuggets in Michael C. Wright's profile of new Chicago Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea over on ESPNChicago.com. This passage stood out to me:

Based on the rookie slotting system -- which will likely come to an end after 2011 -- Stephen should receive a contract from the Bears worth approximately $2 million guaranteed, more than enough to fund the family's ultimate dream of bringing everyone to the States at one central location.

Living with younger brother, Pora, and their grandmother, Will just finished up a semester at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and awaits full U.S. citizenship. Ana continues working as a caretaker. Her husband still huffs it back and forth between Tonga and Samoa with Stephen's sister, Ramona, 35, now assisting in the family business as the pair hopes for work visas in the U.S.

Stephen, meanwhile, lives in a three-bedroom house near Oregon State with his wife, Susannah, her family and their eight-month-old daughter, Leimana, who at 35 pounds "is so big she can't crawl yet," he said.

Oh boy. I have some experience with well-nourished babies. Trust me. But a 35-pound eight-month old? Wow. The Paeas have done well.

Continuing around the NFC North on this Friday morning: