Mike Schad

Mike Schad – Inducted 2001

Soccer’s loss was football’s gain. At 6 foot 5 and more than 300 pounds at the peak of his professional football playing career, it is difficult to believe Belleville native, Mike Schad ever played soccer. Yet, before picking up the gridiron game upon entering Moira Secondary School in 1977, soccer was indeed Schad’s game of choice. By the time Schad graduated from Moira in 1982, however, he was well on his way to football fame, and, fortune. After a stellar college career at Queen’s University in Kingston where he was named All-Canadian and Most Outstanding Lineman in the nation, Schad was selected 23rd overall in the first round of the 1986 National Football League draft by the Los Angeles (now St. Louis) Rams. To this day. Schad remains the only Canadian-born, Canadian-trained football player to ever be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. After three years with the Rams, Schad signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. In the City of Brotherly Love, Schad blossomed, playing six solid seasons at left guard for the Eagles. The apex of his career was reached in 1993 when Sports Illustrated magazine named Schad to their prestigious All-Pro Team. Unfortunately, injuries exacted a heavy price and after bouts with various aches and pains, Schad was released in 1994 and promptly signed with the Cleveland Browns. Pencilled in as a starter on Cleveland’s offensive line, Schad blew a biceps muscle in training camp and his NFL career was over. However, Schad bounced back yet again. He returned to Canada and mended his arm in time to play 10 games for the now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders, who had selected him in the first round of the Canadian Football League draft, also in 1986. In 1996, Schad hung up his prodigious pads and joined the Riders as an Assistant Coach. The following year he joined the Temple University Owls in Philadelphia as offensive line coach. Today, Schad coaches with the same competitive drive he displayed on the football field. “Things don’t happen by accident,” he says. “They happen by a person going out there and making them happen.”

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