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Schofield reflects on time with Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on January 29, 2015 – 7:37 am

O’Brien Schofield admits he was “definitely upset” the way his release from the Cardinals went down in 2013, the day when training camp opened and the team cut him as they signed veteran pass rusher John Abraham. Schofield had already walked on to the field for the team’s conditioning test before he was called back and given the news.

But this year, the linebacker said he came to peace with it. That happens when you have one Super Bowl ring — he was picked up by the Seahawks after the Cards cut him — and could have another by Sunday night.

“Without the Cardinals I wouldn’t have even been in the league,” Schofield said. “I’m very grateful for that. Every experience, every trial and tribulation I’ve been through in life has filled me as a person and a football player and taught me perservence and faith. to be here comepting for my second Super Bowl championship, it’s unreal. To look at a guy like Larry Fitzgerald, who’s only been there one time, and for as great of stats as he has and as much money as he has made, I think, ‘Man, I could have two, and he doesn’t have one.’ ”

Schofield was going to leave the Seahawks this season. As a free agent, he signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Giants. The Giants voided the deal when they said he didn’t pass his physical. Schofield’s NFL career started bumpy, when he blew out his ACL in a Senior Bowl practice and the Cards took him in the fourth round anyway just a few months later.

Schofield also suffered a serious ligament tear in his ankle in his final Cardinals’ season when teammate Darnell Dockett fell on his leg during a game in Green Bay.

Schofield thinks he’s finally totally healthy, however. He thinks a good free-agent contract, whether it’s from the Seahawks or elsewhere, will be available this spring. He believes he has a lot more “in my toolbox” than he did once upon a time, even if he only had a couple of sacks this season. He also said that however his release went down in Arizona, he didn’t mean for his Tuesday media day comments to come across as “harsh” as they did.

He thinks back to his early days with the Cardinals and wishes he would have done things differently.

“I’m a lot more mature,” Schofield said. “I went about things the wrong way. I’d probably still do the mohawk, have fun with it, but that was my personality. As far as handling things on the field, I would’ve changed my study habits, and I just probably would have found different guys to follow as far as leadership. That’s what it’s all about.”

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6 Responses to “Schofield reflects on time with Cardinals”

  1. By LadyBird04 on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    I read a few of his comments from media day and he sounded very bitter and basically wanted to rub salt into the Cardinal’s wounds. Too bad he still hasn’t grown up and learned how to act graciously. If he wants to trash talk he should remember he is playing in the Super Bowl against the Patriots and not the Cardinals.

  2. By Andy Kw on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    I was disappointed when I heard the news that O’Brien Schofield was cut. He brought attitude, speed, and burst at the OLB position. When healthy, he could do almost anything but that was not the case for us. He has tremendous talent but he was always banged up and injured as an Arizona Cardinal. If he proves to be healthy, would I want him back here? Heck yeah I do!!!!!

  3. By Eazy E on Jan 29, 2015 | Reply

    LadyBird04-

    Gotta loosen up a little bit, what he said was ok and true! He’s just saying it was basically a blessing in disguise.

  4. By SkeltonsRevenge on Feb 1, 2015 | Reply

    Good move !

  5. By clssylssy on Feb 2, 2015 | Reply

    I thought Scofield’s remarks were entirely appropriate and pretty mild for the bush league manner in which he was treated by this organization when cut. There is a right way and a wrong way to terminate someone, and I was shocked and appalled at the Card’s lack of professionalism when they cut him. The best way to avoid being bit in the press by something like this is to always strive to be
    courteous and professional even when delivering unpleasant news. Scofield isn’t the first player who has gone on to find success and get a ring after being kicked to the curb publicly by the Cards and it’s a little embarrassing that we haven’t evolved much in this area. One of the first things taught in marketing is that a dissatisfied customer will tell at least ten other people about a negative experience and a personal testimonial is more effective than all the advertising a company can buy; your employees are your “internal” customers and the importance of good superior customer relations can never be overstated or underestimated. In this case, as with Boldin and others, our misstep has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Scofield.

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