The run began with Alex and Jimmy Schrader in 2009.
It continued with Cody (2010), John (2011) and Brad (2012). For the past four seasons, a Schrader senior has lifted the state championship trophy at the culmination of his Central Catholic career.
Now it’s Tyler Schrader’s turn, and the Knights’ senior nose tackle is keenly aware of the family tradition.
“We’re a big family, and football’s always been a part of my family,” said Schrader, whose father, Steve, also played for the Knights. “My grandpa talks about it. My great uncles talk about how when they played it was such a great experience for them.
“I guess it’s in our blood. We continue to keep playing, and we love it.”
Schrader added to the family legacy with an All-State performance as a junior, recording 77 tackles and fronting a defense that allowed 31 total points in the state tournament.
“He goes hard every single play,” CC senior wingback/cornerback Joe Smith said. “Even though he’s smaller than most linemen he goes against, he’s probably just as strong, and he’s a lot faster.”
With practice about to begin and Schrader nowhere in sight, his teammates joked he was “probably in the weight room.” It wasn’t a bad guess. CC coach Kevin O’Shea said no Knight has been more affected by a lifting regimen than Schrader.
Listed at 175 pounds last season, the 6-foot Schrader now tips the scales at 190. He reports a bench press of 270, a squat of 420 and a clean of 275 — all among the top numbers in the CC weight room.
“I think it makes all the younger guys want to get in the weight room more, see what it can do to you and how it can help and improve your game that much,” CC senior quarterback Ty Preston said.
Schrader’s brothers Ethan, a sophomore, and Grant, a freshman, are coming up behind him. Another cousin, Luke, is a Knight freshman.
Tyler Schrader hopes to pass on a legacy to them and all of his young teammates.
“We just try to set a good example for the younger kids, show them how hard you have to work to become a part of this program and how it reflects on the field,” Schrader said.