We're Black and Blue All Over:
DALLAS -- Be sure to check out this feature from ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs, who chronicled the first Super Bowl trip for Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver. As you probably know, Driver lived a troubled childhood a few hundred miles away from here in Houston.
Drehs: "Just 265 miles separate the Houston home where Driver spent his high school years and Cowboys Stadium, where the wide receiver will run onto the field for Super Bowl XLV next Sunday. But it might have been easier had Driver tried to walk to the moon. That's how unlikely a trip it was. And yet here he stands, prayers answered. Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that when the words 'Super Bowl' and 'Donald Driver' are mentioned in the same sentence around here, tears start to fall. 'If good things are supposed to happen to good people, then great things are supposed to happen to Quickie,' said Jim Duffer, one of Driver's high school basketball coaches. 'Nobody deserves any of this more than he does.'"
The Packers are scheduled to arrive here Monday afternoon, and Driver is one of six players scheduled to speak with the media at the team hotel.
While we have a moment, let's take a morning spin around the division:
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports offers a look at the California hometown of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that the Packers have spent an average of 35 minutes per game in the lead this season.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy will be addressing a detailed schedule of rules and regulations in Texas for his young team, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers safeties coach Darren Perry sidestepped questions Sunday about whether he'll leave after the season to take a defensive coordinator job elsewhere in the NFL. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press speaks with Detroit Lions returner Stefan Logan, who was released last summer by the Pittsburgh Steelers and thus missed a chance to be a part of their run to the Super Bowl.
The father of Lions quarterback Shaun Hill died Saturday after an accident while helping his son work on a barn, according to Birkett.
Tim McCaskey, a Chicago Bears vice president and the second-oldest of Virginia McCaskey's children, has died of cancer.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers had a sack in Sunday night's snoozer of a Pro Bowl, notes ESPNChicago.com.
Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson now owns the NFL record for most touchdowns in a Pro Bowl.
The key to the Vikings earning public financing for a new stadium is to sell it is an investment, not a subsidy, according to new stadium point man Ted Mondale. Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.