I have always had a soft spot for tight ends. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love to cheer for star quarterbacks or super quick running backs, but it always melts my heart when a tight end makes the news.
This past Sunday the Detroit Lions came off the field with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though it took them four quarters to start playing well, a win is a win. One game changing play of the game came from tight end Tony Scheffler. In the very exciting fourth quarter, quarterback “Matthew Stafford improvised, Tony Scheffler by waving his arm, to complete a 57-yard bomb to the tight end. That led to a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nate Burleson. After a defensive stand, the Lions drove for Hanson’s 19-yard field goal, which forced overtime. The key play, a toe-tapping sideline grab by Johnson who made six receptions for 135 yards” (Biggs, ChicagoTribune.com).
During this play I went nuts while watching vividly on my couch with my best canine pal, Tinsley. I love it when players like Scheffler make surprising plays. Another good example of the ‘surprising tight end’ would be Kyle Rudolph from the Minnesota Vikings. When the Vikings played the San Francisco 49ers, not only did Rudolph have five receptions and two touchdowns that game, but he also had people scratching their heads thinking “who in the hell is this guy?”
Tony Scheffler isn’t quite like Rudolph in that Scheffler has been in the league for six years now. Every once in awhile his name will pop up in the media, but I think it’s Scheffler’s time to shine on HerGameLife.com.
Tony Sheffler grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, and played football at Western Michigan University. In 2006 he was the Denver Broncos’ second round draft pick. In the 2007 season with the Broncos, Scheffler had 49 receptions for 549 yards and five touchdowns. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in April of 2010. So far, this season he has played in four games has had ten catches for 140 yards with seven first downs. These stats aren’t super amazing, but Scheffler’s name has popped up a couple times this season for the Detroit Lions. Off the field, he resides in the Detroit area with his wife Richelle and their two kids. In an interview with sports blogger Brian VanOchten on mlive.com, Scheffler stated that his first job was at a golf course. “I worked on a golf course, Pierce Lake, in Chelsea. I did everything — cutting greens, cutting grass, picking up trash. It was from like 5:30 in the morning until 2:00, right before I went to college. It was fun. I enjoyed it. I worked with some friends, and as soon as we got out of work we hit the golf course every day. So it wasn’t a bad deal.”
I think that Scheffler seems like a pretty down to earth dude and I hope to see his name more and more as the Lions continue their season.