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Strong Island hits North Texas

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless raises

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless raises his arms in celebration after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings. (Oct. 24, 2010) Credit: AP

You think there’s no Long Island in the Super Bowl? Just look at Andrew Quarless’ arms.

The Packers’ rookie tight end from Uniondale has a tattoo on each of his pass-catchers stretching from elbow to wrist. On the left is a map of LI with the words “Strong Island” written under it and a star where his hometown of Uniondale is. On the right arm are three big numbers: 516.

“I didn’t expect this,” Quarless said during Media Day, looking around at the Taj Mahal of Arlington. “It’s pretty interesting to see all these people out here.”

Last time I spoke with Quarless, it was in the locker room in Soldier Field just a little while after he and the Packers had won the NFC title. At that point he said the reality of advancing to the Super Bowl hadn’t sunk in.

“I think it’s sunk in now, just being out here and getting in this stadium,” he said. “This stadium is amazing, like nothing I’ve seen. There are seats everywhere. And that JumboTron is … whew!”

Nothing like Uniondale High School, that’s for sure.

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