Schuyler Michael O’Brien
Born: January 28, 1987
Died: June 22, 2014 (Township of Admaston/Bromley, Ontario)
Schuyler O’Brien, a defensive back and kick return specialist who played for the McGill University Redmen for three seasons, was killed when his truck left a roadway in rural Renfrew County, Ontario. He was 27 and died the day before his parent’s 41st wedding anniversary.
Ontario Provincial Police say O’Brien’s blue Toyota pickup was traveling southbound on Butler Road in the Township of Admaston/Bromley when it left the road at about 7:15 a.m. On Sunday, June 22. The truck struck a culvert before flipping over several times. O’Brien, who died in the accident, was the only occupant of the vehicle.
O’Brien, whose first name was pronounced Skyler and who was known as Sky, was recruited out of high school in Ontario. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound defensive back played in 22 regular-season games for the Redmen, according to McGill athletics communications director Earl Zukerman. As a freshman, he led the Quebec university conference in punt-return yardage with 322 yards for a 9.2-yard average return over seven games. He was awarded the Vaughan McVey Trophy as the university’s outstanding special teams player.
In 2007, he returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. He had 1,126 all-purpose yards in his career, which was shortened by injuries. He graduated from McGill in 2010 with a physical education degree.
He leaves his parents Janet (née Eady) and Wilf O’Brien; two siblings; and, his partner, Linnea Klockar.