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The crazy connections between John Michael Schmitz & Shaun O'Hara


Aside from the whole being drafted thing, Shaun O'Hara has some eerie connections to John Michael Schmitz, the Giants' second-round selection from the University of Minnesota.

O'Hara wore No. 60 while he made three Pro Bowls at center and won a Super Bowl with the Giants.

Schmitz wore No. 60 while he was an All-American center with the Gophers.

O'Hara was born at St. James Hospital just south of Chicago in Homewood, Ill.

Schmitz played at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he wore No. 74.

O'Hara's father, David, played at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he wore…No. 74.


"The connections here are unbelievable," O'Hara, whose dad won the Cal Mall Award in 1969 for best athlete at Homewood-Flossmoor, said on NFL Network. "I know Giants fans are super excited to get this guy [Schmitz]. This guy is an unbelievable kid. He's a hard worker. P.J. Fleck, his head coach [at Minnesota], said not only is he the best player on the team; he's the hardest worker in the room. He's a Chitown guy. Would you expect anything less?"

With the Schmitz pick, Joe Schoen has now selected an offensive lineman in each of the first three rounds across his first two drafts as general manager. Last year, the Giants selected right tackle Evan Neal seventh overall and the versatile Joshua Ezeudu in the third round.

Schmitz could start between them, but nothing is promised – even for a draft pick. There's always an O'Hara lurking out there.

View the top photos of offensive lineman John Michael Schmitz's career at Minnesota.


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