Player Bio

Stephen Paea
DT #92
Height:
6-1
Weight:
300
College:
Oregon State
Experience:
4
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 55 94 56 38 12 1 5 0 0 0 -- 0
2014 CHI 16 33 24 9 6 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CHI 13 23 11 12 1.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CHI 15 24 13 11 2.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CHI 11 14 8 6 2 1 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Appeared in 39 games with 24 starts in three seasons in Chicago (2011-13), recording 77 tackles (36 solo), 6 sacks, 9 TFLs and 4 PBUs... Recorded first career sack in his NFL debut - a safety of Vikings QB Donovan McNabb vs. MIN (10/16/11)... First Bears player since at least 1970 to record safety in his NFL debut.
PRO CAREER: Appeared in 39 games with 24 starts in three seasons in Chicago (2011-13), recording 77 tackles (36 solo), 6 sacks, 9 TFLs and 4 PBUs... Recorded first career sack in his NFL debut - a safety of Vikings QB Donovan McNabb vs. MIN (10/16/11)... First Bears player since at least 1970 to record safety in his NFL debut.

HONORS & AWARDS: 2011 - Brian Piccolo Award.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by Chicago in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft (4/29/11)... Signed by Chicago to a 4-year contract (7/29/11). SIGNED through 2014

2013 SEASON: Started 10-of-13 games… Missed 3 games with a toe injury… Set career highs in PBUs with 4 and in TFLs with 4.5… Added 29 tackles (13 solo) and 1.5 sacks... Recorded a career-high 8 tackles vs. DET (11/10). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 15-14

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012 -  Played in 15 games and started 14... Collected 30 tackles (16 solo), 2.5 TFLs and set a career high in sacks (2.5). 2011 - Appeared in 11 games, collecting 18 tackles (7 solo), 2 sacks and 2 TFLs... Made NFL debut in Week 6 vs. MIN (10/16) and recorded first career sack - a safety of Vikings QB Donovan McNabb.

COLLEGE: Started 37-of-38 games played at Oregon State (2008-10)… Posted 129 tackles (60 solo), 14.0 sacks, 30.5 TFLs and 5 QB pressures… Two-time winner of Morris Trophy which goes to the top defensive lineman in the Pac 10… 2010 Pac 10 Pat Tillman defensive player-of-the-year... All-Pac 10 first-team as a junior and senior... All-Pac 10 honorable mention as a sophomore… Sophomore second-team All-American by College Football News… Two-time team captain… Semifinalist for Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) and named to Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Lott watch lists as a senior… Attended Snow College (2006-07) in Ephraim, Utah, where he redshirted as a freshman… Team went undefeated in the one season he played.

PERSONAL: Attended Timpview High School (Provo, Utah), but did not play football until his senior year… Earned all-region and all-division honors playing on the DL and OL… Lettered in track as well… Born in Tonga on the island of Vav’u… Moved to the United States at the age of 16 and did not speak English at the time.

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