Pat Schiller (above right) tabled some of the accelerated football jargon on reserve in his brain upon joining his alma mater as an assistant coach last season.
Boy, is the former Geneva standout ready to channel it now.
Just in time for the St. Louis Rams’ first full-squad workout of training camp Friday, Schiller, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker, signed with the team this week.
On Tuesday, Schiller shared a photo of a Rams helmet on his Instagram account. The caption read: “Thankful for another opportunity!”
The Atlanta Falcons cut Schiller, also a former Northern Illinois star, at the end of training camp in 2013. He suffered the same fate in 2012, lasting until the final cut of training camp.
He spent only a few hours in Geneva before the Falcons asked him to join their practice squad last season.
Tuning into to pro games on any given Sunday – namely those involving the Falcons – could be a chore.
“It’s so hard to watch the Falcons play, I’m not going to lie to you,” Schiller told Shaw Media in October. “It took me a while before I could even do it. All those guys, you’ve got a year and a half invested into a team. When you’re part of a team, you’re part of a brotherhood.”
Schiller remained a fixture at Batavia-based ProForce Sports Performance training to stay in shape for the chance he always stayed optimistic about.