It’s that time of year again and many of us are getting ready for the biggest holiday of the year: Super Bowl Sunday. We’re buying food, purchasing drinks, and preparing our homes to watch the most-watched event in America.
The past two weeks have been riddled with Super Bowl storylines. From Peyton Manning’s famous (and lucrative) “Omaha” call to Richard Sherman’s post-game rant to Marshawn Lynch and his Skittles. But there’s one Super Bowl storyline that I guarantee you haven’t heard, and it’s that of my former teammate O’Brien Schofield.
O’Brien and I played together for the Cardinals during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. We had started as the Sam linebacker and the Will linebacker in 2012, and had dreams of an even better 2013. “We’re gonna be the best line backing duo in the league!” He exclaimed. And I agreed.
We had put in the work, built up the trust, and showed on film that we had a chance to be great. We were primed and ready to turn heads during the 2013 season. But all of that changed the day we started Training Camp.
We were in the locker room of University of Phoenix stadium, getting ready to take the dreaded “conditioning test” which consisted of three 300-yard shuttles. OB and I were laughing, joking, and dreaming of the journey we were soon to embark on. I walked out a little early to get a feel for the the field. About five minutes later, OB walked onto the field, with his head down. The news I heard next would change the storyline forever.
“They cut me, bro,” he said dejectedly.
“You’re kidding?!” I exclaimed. I couldn’t believe it. What about our hopes, our dreams, our PLAN?! It was squandered, or at least he thought.
Within 24 hours O’Brien Schofield was claimed off of waivers by the Seattle Seahawks. And in a couple of hours he will be playing in Super Bowl 48. What started off as a horrible and hopeless situation turned into fulfilling a childhood dream.
So for those of you out there who are discouraged, keep on fighting. Trust that things are going to work out even when things don’t seem to be going your way. And who knows, you may be playing in a Super Bowl of your own some day.