Stephen Paea ( ; born May 11, 1988) is an -ə PY New Zealand American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Oregon State University, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Early years [ edit ]
Auckland, New Zealand, Paea grew up in Vavaʻu, Tonga, where he played high school rugby union and dreamt of playing at Number 8 for the All Blacks. When he was 16, his family moved to the United States, originally to [1 ] Lawrence, Kansas, where his cousin Chris Maumalanga was playing for the Kansas Jayhawks. After a year, they moved to [2 ] Provo, Utah, where Paea attended Timpview High School. Playing defensive line at only 240 pounds, he drew little attention by Division I schools, so he decided to enroll at nearby Snow College in Ephraim. Paea was also the state runner-up in the shot put, with a top-throw of 16.09 meters (52′08″) and a state qualifier in the discus with a best of 46.72 meters (153′03″).
redshirting his initial year at Snow, he added more than 20 pounds to his frame and started the 2007 season as the No. 2 tackle on the depth chart. Finally drawing the attention of major schools, he transferred to Oregon State in mid-season after graduating from Snow with an associate degree in December 2007. [3 ]
College career [ edit ]
Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers football team from 2008 to 2010. Making an immediate impact for the Beavers, Paea played in all 13 games, starting 12 of them, and recorded 41 tackles, 11 for a loss, and five quarterback sacks. He was selected to All-Sophomore Second Team and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. College Football News′
As a junior, Paea registered a team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss and was co-leader for sacks with three. He was named All-Pacific-10 First Team and received the
Morris Trophy for the best defensive lineman in the conference.
In February 2010, a
YouTube video showed him bench-pressing 225 pounds 49 times. [4 ] [5 ]
Paea was invited to the
2011 Senior Bowl, but tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee on the opening practice, causing him to miss the remainder of the event. [6 ]
Paea was a nominee for the Bill Hayward Athlete of the Year Award at the 2011 Oregon Sports Awards.
Professional career [ edit ]
2011 NFL Draft [ edit ]
NFL Combine, Paea recorded 49 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, the highest since Justin Ernest's 51 reps in 1999. [7 ] [8 ]
40-yd dash 10-yd split
1 in 1⁄ 4 303 lb
32 in 7⁄ 8 10 in
10'6" ft 126 in
All values from NFL Combine [9 ] [10 ]
Chicago Bears [ edit ]
Paea with the Bears in 2014.
Paea was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the second round of the
2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and on July 29, 2011, he signed a 4-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
In a Sunday Night Football game on October 16 against the
Minnesota Vikings, as well as his NFL debut, Paea sacked Donovan McNabb in the end zone for a safety, being the first Bears player to record a safety in his debut since at least 1970. [11 ]
In 2012, Paea and
Nick Roach were awarded the Brian Piccolo Award. [12 ]
2012 NFL Draft, Paea was reunited with Oregon State teammate Brandon Hardin.
"If I had one word to describe him, it would be a beast. He’s just strong as hell. When he was our d-tackle and I was playing corner, it was good knowing he was in there rushing the quarterback."
During the preseason, Paea injured his left ankle during a workout
but started in the season opener against the [14 ] Indianapolis Colts. [15 ]
Washington Redskins [ edit ]
Paea signed a four-year contract with the
Washington Redskins on March 10, 2015. [16 ] [17 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Fate switches dream of being All Black to NFL". . October 29, 2014. The New Zealand Herald
^ Stephen Paea: From Tonga to Oregon State
^ "Beavs land athletic tackle from Snow College". Footballrecruiting.rivals.com. 2007-12-18 . Retrieved . 2012-08-03
^ on Stephen Paea Bench Press YouTube
^ "Beaver from Tonga learning on the fly". Arizona Daily Star. October 7, 2010.
^ Mortensen, Chris (January 25, 2011). "Sources: DT Stephen Paea tears lateral meniscus in knee at Senior Bowl". ESPN.
^ Saunders, Patrick (February 23, 2010). "Don't put too much stock in NFL combine". Denver Post.
^ "Paea shatters combine bench-press mark". NFL.com. February 27, 2011.
^ Hester's injury not considered serious. Chicagobears.com (2011-10-17). Retrieved on 2012-02-28.
^ Biggs, Brad (2012-04-24). "Bears LB Roach wins Piccolo Award". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved . 2012-12-28
^ "Rookie's father a big Walter Payton fan". Chicagobears.com. 2012-05-11 . Retrieved . 2012-08-03
^ "DT Stephen Paea hurts left ankle, latest Chicago Bears player hobbled - ESPN Chicago". Espn.go.com. 2012-08-12 . Retrieved . 2012-09-09
^ "Bears-Colts Inactives: Podlesh, Conte Will Play « CBS Chicago". Chicago.cbslocal.com . Retrieved . 2012-09-09
^ Sessler, Marc. "Stephen Paea says he's headed for Redskins". NFL.com . Retrieved . 10 March 2015
^ Jones, Mike. "Redskins reach agreement with Bears defensive lineman Stephen Paea". Washington Post . Retrieved . 10 March 2015
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