Editor’s note: Each week Ryan Powell interviews one current or former professional lacrosse player, asking them some quick hitter questions to better understand them as a person and lacrosse player. It is often these players that have driven, and continue to drive, the game of lacrosse to the next level. We hope you enjoy learning some fun facts that you might not have known about some of the greatest players to pick up a stick. This week Rhino interviews Chris Schiller, NLL and MLL pro and US team member.
What’s up guys – It’s time for another edition of Lettin’ It Rip! This week I chatted with one of my greatest friends in the game- Chris Schiller. He is one of the hardest working guys in lacrosse and in my opionion, the best short stick d-mid that I have had the pleasure to play the game with.
Name: Chris Schiller
Nickname: 2… 5 (RP), but most people call me Schillz.
(Note: *I always called Chris “2” – we’ve played together many years. But the last time we played together was Team USA and Brendan Mundorf wore #2. So now I call Chris “2 (then a pause) 5”, as he wore #25 for Team USA.)
Position: Defensive Midfield
Hometown: Penfield, NY
College: THE Penn State Univeristy
High School: McQuaid Jesuit HS
Awards: Team USA indoor/outdoor, Unsung hero Knighthawks and Rattlers, H. Mention All-American, Penn State ’99, NLL Champion, 2010 World Champion
Current Gig: Selling medical devices for Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Time to let it rip!
What was the first vehicle that you had? What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?
Brown Volvo Station Wagon named Rusty. I now drive a Chrystler 200.
It’s your last meal, what are you going to eat?
NY Strip, mushrooms & mashed potatoes
Who do you look up to most today and why?
My dad, because he is everything I want to be as a dad, grandfather and friend.
What is your biggest fear?
Losing my hair….wait. Getting eaten by sharks.
If you had to redo college at another school and you were going to play lacrosse at that new school, where would you go?
I would start at a program at an SEC school.
Go there and you will see why.
What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?
My damn cell phone. I hate it.
What’s in your DVD collection?
Spaceballs, Dumb and Dumber, Braveheart, Along Came Polly, Anchorman, and Slapshot.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dog – 7 year old yellow lab
What are some of your household chores?
Picking up after the 7 year old yellow lab, mowing the lawn (landscaping in general), taking garbage out.
What’s your favorite TV show?
48 Hours Mystery
What is your favorite song?
“All My Life” by Foo Fighters. Go see them… best concert of all time. Plus I believe Dave played lacrosse.
What would you say if someone on the street asked you for 20 bucks?
Good question. Depends on the situation. If I saw they were truly in a bind and lost their wallet or really made a mistake and realized they didn’t have enough money I would give it to them. If I had any suspicion they would use it to feed a habit, no way.
What was the best lacrosse stick that you ever owned?
If you could be a video game character, who would you be and why?
Pac Man, because I have similar features.
If you could be any color of a crayon, what would color you be?
What is your favorite quote?
“Suck it Trebeck” – SNL
If you did not choose lacrosse as your sport, what sport would you have chosen?
What do you want to be remembered for?
I hope people see me as someone who has given back to the people and sport that have given me so much.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Did you have a nickname as a kid?
If you were to play an instrument what would it be?
If you could visit anywhere in the world that you have not visited before, where would it be?
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say?
My grandfather… I would tell him I miss and love him.
If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
Machine to turn salt water into fresh drinking water, iPad with 3G so I can watch ESPN on it, and a Crocodile Dundee knife.
Tell us one random thing about yourself.
I have no hair. No seriously. I know you probably think I shave it and have a full mop of hair, but I don’t. I am bald.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Jessica Beil. Damn you, Justin.
Do you have a pre-game ritual? If so, what is it?
Absolutely not. I laugh at some of my teammates who are freaks with all of the things they have to do.
On your day off, you wake up and…?
I make breakfast for my wife Jen and our 4 year old Bryn. Bryn helps me, which is awesome. We will then watch an episode of the Fresh Beat Band. They are pretty sweet. Then it is outside to get some exercise.
Are you a good tipper?
Start at 20% with everyone. You can work your way down from there! It takes a lot to get me off of 20% though.
What do you put on your hot dog?
Mustard, ketchup and hot sauce. Not like red hot, but straight up a spicey meat sauce.
Why do you wear the # that you wear?
I wear #2 because of my brother Beaver. He wore it growing up when he played for Bishop Kearney in Rochester and for Nazareth.
Do you have a question that we should ask the next pro lacrosse player I talk to?
Which Powell brother was the best? BANG!