Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

For those of you who didn't see it on Sunday, Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt smacked himself in the head three or four times with his helmet when running out onto the field.

The attached link has both video of the incident, which resulted in Schmitt's scalp getting split open, and some quotes from Schmitt regarding the incident. Our favorite is this one:

On if he thinks he’s insane, a subject that the PTI boys were debating on Monday’s show:

“Let’s be real. Everybody’s a little crazy to play that game.”

As a side note, I'll tell my story of my one run-in with Mr. Schmitt. In my old days as the Sports Editor at IGN, I attended a party before the 2008 NFL Draft that was hosted by EA, essentially as hype for one of their upcoming games. Many of the top players in that year's draft class were there and acting in a professional, dignified manner, including Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden, Jake Long, Chris Long, et al.

At one point, the president of EA Sports, Peter Moore, started introducing all the players in attendance. When he was finished, there was some hollering over by the main bar about forgetting somebody. Everyone looked over to find, yes, Mr. Owen Schmitt, with a Corona in each hand.

Long story short: He's a great man.

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34 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2009, 8:22pm

14 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

He has this nice jeep set up for off-roading. When he arrived for his autograph signing last year, he was on some level unsatisfied with the normal arrangements by the team, so he just parked it on the sidewalk.

That said, he should get what he can out of Mack Strong and coaches. Maybe he got a little bit of the glory late in his career, but he was lead blocker for something in the neighborhood of 17,000 yards of rushers. Owen is obviously willing, mastering the position and Knapp's system will lead to Seattle falling in love with him forever.

2 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

What an idiot. Can they call a personal foul on him for blow to the head?

Of all the helmet-to-helmet hits I saw flagged on Sunday, this is definitely the one that caused the most damage, and yet it's ok by the league's rules. Flag this, don't flag the others. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

22 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

do you even watch football. do you understand the game. you do know they can't throw a flag till the game starts right. are you a football hater. do you have any football intelligence. why on earth would you make a stupid comment like that. do you understand the term "psyching himself up". i bet you're one of those people who loves stupid rules in sports. go back to watching soccer and cricket.

9 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

That article was posted on another sports message board, and (surprise, surprise), most of the posters focused on the title rather than the substance...

Regarding Schmitt, he strikes me as the guy who's trying TOO hard to be "The Crazy Guy" on the team.

Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

12 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

I don't know that he's really 'trying' to be. I mean, crikey, he's a fullback - he's at probably the lowest paid position for any full-time (non-special teams) NFL player, and his job is to ram into one or more larger individuals on every play so that someone else can get the glory for the yardage gained.

This is not something that a completely sane individual would do. Plus, he's lead-blocking for Julius Jones now. Which brings up the insanity line about 'doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result'.

Regarding the article - it's pretty damning. Add it to the vast, and growing, collection about the long-term health costs of our favorite sport.

It makes you wonder if we'd be better off getting behind rugby...

11 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

Did anybody see the concussion story on 60 minutues?

Ted Johnson needs to have a sit down with Owen Schmidtt. Owen seems like the perfect fullback for the city of Seattle, but you want to be able to think after 60... When you are amped up that way you won't feel pain, but the next day...

I don't understand how there aren't even MORE injuries on kickoffs.

19 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

"I didn't think my head would split open"

That's good... if he thought is head would split open and he did it anyway, I would worry about him. But who could have predicted that a helmet designed to protect his head would be stronger than his actual head? Totally unforseeable!

sam! or the original sam from the old FO

27 Must be one hell of an enchilada

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32 Re: Owen Schmitt: "I Didn't Think My Head Would Split Open"

re: owen schmitt faking crazy,

Noone can fake that kind of mindset and get away with it in the NFL. He is a rookie, a guy like Ray Lewis(for sake of an example) would have eaten him alive already. Straying off topic a bit, I bet you he is the bain of the coaches existence in the film room.