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Pernell McPhee

Bears pass rusher Pernell McPhee plays with a controllable inner rage

Bears pass rusher Pernell McPhee plays with a controllable inner rage

It's called the Muck. That's how locals refer to Pahokee, Fla., because of the dark, rich soil that is fertile for agriculture. Located on Lake Okeechobee almost 50 miles from Palm Beach, it's a poverty stricken community of about 6,000 people where the crime rate and unemployment are high. Football is a way out of the Muck. It's the path Pernell McPhee, the outside linebacker the Bears signed to a $38.75 million, five-year contract in free agency, found to a better life, one that makes him a success story for kids in search of role models when he returns a few times each year. It was there he grew up in his great-grandmother's small apartment with as many as...

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