Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Christopher Schilling
College: University of Notre Dame
Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 212-pound junior safety
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas, Overland Park, Kansas
About Schilling: Came to Notre Dame as a highly decorated high school player from Kansas, earning several all-league and All-State honors. … Leader of the Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes for two seasons and has developed a passion for the Rare Disease Community and the cause. … Spent first two seasons on the practice squad without dressing for any games. Is on the 2018 roster and has dressed for the Fighting Irish this season.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Schilling: My most memorable experience thus far was beating the brakes off of USC in 2017. It was a hyped up matchup as it always is, and it felt great to beat a rival 49-14.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
Schilling: I participated in our bowling experience with our rare disease community and not only saw how much of an impact we had on these patients, but had a lot of fun doing it. I wanted my involvement with the rare disease community to be more than that one day a year.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
Schilling: My experience has shown me what it is to be a true friend or family member. Through my experiences with our Rare Disease Community I’ve seen the unconditional love of parents and friends, many of whom have a full-time job as a caregiver. There are many amazing families I’ve witnessed, especially at our bowling event. My experience has also made me more appreciative of what a blessing it is to play football.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Schilling: Our player walk is amazing. No matter the weather, no matter the opponent, we have thousands of people line our path from our facility to the stadium. It starts with seeing friends and family, we pass the band, and then walk past Touchdown Jesus surrounded by thousands of fans. As someone who used to love watching the walk as a kid, it’s awesome to be a part of it now.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Schilling: Eric Berry. He’s an all-pro safety but has had a path that is far from easy. He came back from Cancer and had his best season yet. He ruptured his Achilles and came back again. The guy doesn’t quit. In addition, he does a lot of great work with Cancer patients in Kansas City.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Schilling: I would have lunch with Tiger Woods. I’d love to hear about his incredible career and what his road was to get back to winning championships again. I would like to hear about his mindset as a competitor. I’m also in desperate need of some golf tips so maybe we could eat at Top Golf.
What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?
Schilling: My favorite road stadium is without a doubt, Miami. People were throwing stuff at our buses (even broke a window). It was an awesome environment to be in and Hard Rock Stadium was beautiful.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What is your perfect pizza?
Schilling: Classic pepperoni
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Schilling: Berenstein – The Band Camino; Vacation – Dirty Heads; Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
Schilling: Kansas City Chiefs
What is the most used app on your phone?
No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?
Schilling: Build a career in Venture Capital.