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:
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy on the team's Super Bowl rings, via Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "They wanted big and they wanted bling. We were successful in that."
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on the ceremony: "For one evening, the squabbling between NFL management and players was set aside. The ongoing NFL lockout was forgotten as players and team personnel basked in the afterglow of their championship season."
The Packers are hoping to plan a trip to the White House as part of their Super Bowl celebration but aren't sure of the timing yet, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in the red zone.
Among the issues holding up a unified Minnesota Vikings stadium bill: It is uncertain whether a proposed merchandise tax will provide the revenue streams originally projected. Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune has more.