For UM product Schofield, Super Bowl ‘dream come true’

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Santa Clara, Calif. — After being mostly under the radar at Michigan, offensive tackle Michael Schofield thought the draft process in 2014 felt like a dream.

Just two seasons into his NFL career, Schofield already has experienced being in the league’s biggest spotlight after starting at right tackle for the Denver Broncos in their Super Bowl 50 victory on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

“I still have to pinch myself,” Schofield said just before a teammate handed him the Lombardi Trophy in the Broncos locker room. “It’s unreal. It’s awesome. It’s going to be awesome going back, and celebrating with the family is going to be the best feeling ever.”

Schofield called the experience indescribable multiple times after Denver’s 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

“It’s so unreal,” he said. “It’s so, just a dream come true.”

Part of what made the championship so special were the trials and tribulations Schofield already has experienced in the NFL. As a third-round pick, Schofield didn’t play at all as a rookie.

Then, an injury to left tackle Ty Sambrailo led to the Broncos moving Ryan Harris from the right side to the left and gave Schofield an opportunity to start in Week 4 of 2015. And despite some struggles in his 13 games as well as many people calling for him to be benched, Schofield continued to start in the postseason and played every offensive snap in the Super Bowl.

“It was a huge roller-coaster ride, obviously,” Schofield said. “Highest of highs with this, lowest of lows giving up a couple sacks. My teammates helped me make it through, my family, my support. Everyone helped me. It’s been an awesome ride. We’re world champs right now. We made it.”

For Schofield, the victory felt like a reward for all of the backups who filled in when needed.

“Everyone contributed to this,” he said. “This is like a true team win. Everyone throughout this season has had a chance to step up, and they did.”

And if Sunday was quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game, Schofield was glad the Broncos helped him win.

“This is awesome for him,” Schofield said. “We don’t know if this is his last ride, but if it is, this is the best way to go out.”