All the players came streaming in to the complex today to get physicals, take their head shots for the media guide, and generally get prepared for minicamp, which starts tomorrow.
So it was the perfect time to ask fourth-round pick O’Brien Schofield — the linebacker who blew out his ACL and who could end up sitting all of 2010 to heal — what was the deal with his name, because even he knows the name conjures up a red-headed Irish guy. But there is a story at the heart of such a name.
To begin with, O’Brien is his middle name. His first name is Alacce, pronounced a-LAY-see-a. His father Anthony is in the military, and was stationed overseas when O’Brien was born. Anthony called back to the States to discuss his baby’s name. “He said, ‘I want you to name my son Alaceo Brian Schofield,’ ” Schofield said. “My mom heard it wrong, and made it Alacce O’Brien Schofield.
“The Schofield part is actually Irish, but not the O’Brien part,” he said.
Nobody could figure out how to pronounce Alacce, though. “My middle school and high school teachers used to butcher my name so bad,” he said. “Going to the dentist, they’d call out for Alicia or Alisha. I hated it.”
So he told people to call him O’Brien, which he still uses — although for the most part, he said, he has morphed into simply O.B., a nickname he prefers, and one he hopes sticks in the Cardinals’ locker room.
“I hope they don’t give me no crazy rookie nickname,” he added with a laugh.
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