Chad O’Shea – St.X’s Unsung Football Legend
The photo above is a nice little throwback that Coach Glaser posted. There’s quite a few guys huddled around him, but take a look at the guy to his left. That just so happens to be quarterback Chad O’Shea (Class of ’91).
You may have not heard of O’Shea, but he has certainly been up to some big things since his time at Tiger Tech.
From St.X, he went on to go play quarterback at Marshall University for two seasons before transferring to Houston to finish out his career. As a senior, he was a captain for the team.
O’Shea went on to coach for seven years at the collegiate level at his alma mater Houston and Southern Mississippi. From there, he launched his career to the NFL ranks.
After successful stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, O’Shea found his current home: the New England Patriots.
He signed on with the Patriots on Feb. 25th, 2009 as the wide receivers coach. This season marked his 21stIn that time, Patriots receivers have been setting franchise and NFL Records.
“In 2014, in his first year with New England, Brandon LaFell set career highs with 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2013, Julian Edelman (105) became just the third player in team history to eclipse 100 receptions in a single season. In 2012, Wes Welker became the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions and became the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons. In 2011, Welker set a franchise record with 1,569 receiving yards and became the second player in NFL history to record two 120-catch seasons. Patriots receivers also aided Tom Brady to the third-most passing yards (5,235) in a single season in NFL history.”
Now, Coach O’Shea finds himself in his third Super Bowl appearance and it will be a homecoming of sorts for him since the game will be played in Houston.
While we hear about players from St.X who’ve played in Super Bowls, (Bob Talamini, Mo Moorman, and Will Wolford) we don’t hear enough about O’Shea, the unsung legend of St.X Football, who is looking for his second Super Bowl ring. The Patriots have also posted a 99-29 record since his signing.
So, don’t have a team to cheer for in the Super Bowl? I think Chad O’Shea would want you to pick the Patriots out of love for the Green and Gold.