Short stuff: Carey, Peete bring Tucson connection to Bears camp

2014-05-18T00:00:00Z Short stuff: Carey, Peete bring Tucson connection to Bears camp Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2014 12:00 am

When Ka’Deem Carey reported to the Chicago Bears training camp Friday, he was introduced to Skip Peete, the club’s running backs coach. Ring a bell? Peete was an All-City receiver at Sahuaro High School in 1980 and a letterman at Arizona in 1981 and 1982 before finishing his career at Kansas. He is the son of Willie Peete, a four-year UA letterman (1956-59) who then became one of the school’s most endearing assistant coaches from 1971-82. Skip can tell Carey a bit about high expectations: His younger brother, former Sahuaro star Rodney Peete, was probably the highest-ranked prep QB ever to play football in Tucson. … Think Steve Kerr might have difficulty making his feelings known to the high-profile millionaires for his new club, the Golden State Warriors? At the end of Kerr’s freshman season at Arizona, 1983-84, he visited the White House with his mother, Ann Kerr, who was a longtime friend of then-Vice President George Bush. During the visit, Bush took Steve and his mother into the office of President Ronald Reagan. The president said, “I understand you play basketball for Arizona State.” Kerr didn’t just shrug it off. “Don’t say that — I’m at Arizona,” he said. … When Dick Tomey was putting together his successful “Back Attack” in the late ’80s and early ’90s, a key piece of the offense was walk-on fullback Mike Streidnig, a tough guy from New Jersey who was part of the identity of Tomey’s Arizona years. He called them “a bunch of guys named Joe.” Streidnig, who gained 396 yards at Arizona, might’ve been Joe himself. Sadly, he died last week in Las Vegas. Causes of his death have not been made public. He was only 45. His life will be celebrated at a memorial Mass on Monday, 10 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Parish, 1375 S. Camino Seco.

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