As a kid, the first Bears jersey that Schofield owned was receiver Marty Booker’s No. 86. He never dreamed of donning a number like the No. 64 he wears today.
“I wanted to play wide receiver back in the day,” Schofield said. “That’s what I was hoping for. I used to be able to catch, and then I put on a lot of weight, so that changed. I feel like not many people grow up wanting to be linemen. They all want to start off scoring touchdowns and then get put in the offensive line position.”
Schofield has fond memories of the Bears winning back-to-back NFC North championships in 2005-06 and reaching the Super Bowl to cap the 2006 season.
“I’ll never forget the Super Bowl where [Devin] Hester returned the opening kickoff and everything, all that stuff,” he said. “I grew up with all of that. [Brian] Urlacher, [Lance] Briggs, Olin Kreutz, all those guys. I was a big Bears fan growing up.”
Schofield said that when he signed with the Bears, it felt like he “got drafted all over again” because his family was so happy. And it’s not just his parents and wife.
“I grew up on the South Side of Chicago and we have so many cousins and aunts and uncles,” his father said. “Everybody’s excited.”
Schofield’s family support has been evident throughout training camp. This past Saturday, his parents, wife and in-laws attended practice on a hot and humid day in Lake Forest. Sitting in the top row of the bleachers, Kendall said she didn’t think there was a more passionate Bears fan on the field, in the stands or in Halas Hall than her husband.
“I’ve just never seen him happier, and he’s done everything,” she said. “He’s played college football, he’s made it to the NFL, he’s won a Super Bowl. But I don’t think there’s any dream greater than this one, and it’s being able to play for your hometown team that you grew up rooting for. “