We're Black and Blue All Over:
Forest Gregg has led a remarkable life of overcoming physical adversity, whether it was playing in 188 consecutive games (mostly for the Green Bay Packers) or twice beating cancer. Over the weekend, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chronicled Gregg's latest challenge: Parkinson's disease.
"The man has been in total control his entire life. He played in 188 straight games. Through how many concussions? He has no clue. Gregg won five championships in Green Bay and one in Dallas. He coached three different teams with a Lombardi-like vise on discipline. He beat cancer … twice. Forrest Gregg calls the shots. Forrest Gregg is in control. Forrest Gregg has the final say. A football force field has always surrounded him. No hit ever sidelined him. No player dared to cross him. But now -- at 78 years old -- he's run into something completely out of his control: Parkinson's disease. The brain disease is unrelenting. There is no cure, no combination of X's and O's to fix this."
There is no cure, but even at his age, Gregg is working out six days a week to help stave off the symptoms. You'll need more than a minute or two to read this, but it'll be worth your time.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Journal Sentinel considers the connection between concussions and Parkinson's.
Jason Wilde's list of the Packers' 20 most important players at ESPNMilwaukee.com continues with receiver Randall Cobb at No. 17.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com posted a video that shows portions of the arrest of Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson. There isn't much to see here, however.
The Vikings will begin design work on their new stadium at a time when stadiums are growing more sophisticated than ever, writes Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley on why he thinks he is a good influence on children, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: "Because I'm a great guy. Simple as that."
Fairley "has been out in public rehabilitating his image," writes Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Foster: "The people around him promise that the public will see a new Fairley. He will be more outgoing and personable. A new man is being created. But Lion fans mostly care about wins and losses. They look for Fairley to become a dominant second-year player who rotates in and out of the defensive line. He showed promise his rookie season although a foot injury limited his production."
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril believes he can be the best defensive end in the NFL, according to Monarrez of the Free Press.
Here's a podcast of Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore visiting with ESPN 1000.