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Check out images of veteran defensive end Stephen Paea during his first few months with the Washington Redskins.
As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.
Today we'll focus on veteran defensive end Stephen Paea.
1. He's one of the strongest guys you'll ever see, football player or not: Sure, to play in the NFL you have to have a pretty incredible amount of strength, but Paea stands above the rest.
During the 2011 NFL Combine, the Oregon State product set a record for most bench press reps of 225 pounds, doing it an incredible 49 times.
Video of his achievement is below:
2. Family Means Everything To Him:Whether it was growing up with his four siblings in both Tonga and the United States or with his four kids now, Paea's blanketed by a large and supportive family.
In his first interview as a member of the Redskins, he talked about the importance of family.
"I got three brothers and one sister and I have my mom and grandma and I provide for all of them," Paea told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, on "Redskins Nation." "And I got my wife and four kids. I have triplets so I have my hands full at home."
3. He came to Washington with a dislike for NFC East foes:When you're a Redskin, you simply cannot stand anyone else in the NFC East.
Whether it's the Giants and Eagles up North or the Cowboys down South, those are teams you simply want to beat up on once the season starts.
During a Reddit AMA in March, he said he doesn't "like either" of the teams in the division.
"Growing up I was an Eagles fan, but I went to Oregon State. I don't like Chip Kelly. And I never liked [Tony] Romo or their O-Line," he wrote.
4. He wouldn't be so strong if it weren't for rest:Yes, in order to gain strength you need to lift, but rest is a fundamental building block of growth too.
While NFL players get limited amount of time away from the game, whenever Paea does, he takes advantage of it.
"You don't have that much time to rest throughout the year because when April starts and you go to OTAs and minicamp and all that, you don't have much time to rest," Paea said in March. "It's how fast your body can recover. I think that's the most important thing for an athlete because you can train your body as many times as you can, but recover to be able to train hard again, that is the most important thing."
5. He already knew head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark:Clark brings a much different strength and training regimen to the Redskins than what they've experienced over the last few seasons.
While it took most of the players some time to acclimate to Clark's style, you could tell from the very first workout that Paea – who worked with the coach in Chicago – was ready for whatever was thrown his way.
"Going to work is time to go out, get a break and actually I enjoy going to work," he said. "There's a lot of time and you guys have Mike Clark here, and [he's] actually sick of me walking into the weight room every day in the offseason, because I just need to get a break from family. But, there's no better way to do it but get better in the weight room, but family is the No. 1 thing in my mind. There is no better way but to provide for them."
6. He can't wait to showcase his talent in isolated matchups:Paea is coming off a career year in which he recorded 33 tackles and six sacks.
While we have yet to see what Paea can do under defensive coordinator Joe Barry's direction, the 6-foot-1, 300 pounder can't wait to get into situations where he can simply show he's the better player.
"I want to get the matchups one-on-one, and that's one thing [why] I chose the Washington Redskins," said Paea, 26. "Hopefully bringing me in here I get some one-on-ones on first and second down, not only on third down."
7. He's bringing "The Haka" to Washington, D.C.:
Need we say more?