Beaver Nation Meet Casey Kjos
April 7, 2009
Not many people can say they grew up in the same house as a professional quarterback like Jon Kitna, but Casey Kjos is not like many people. He grew up being raised by his cousin Jon and his wife Jen and moved around the country from Washington to Ohio and then to Oregon. He is not only a member of the Oregon State football team, but he is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he just recently became a husband during the summer of 2008. The junior from Middletown, Ohio, who has been outstanding on special teams for the past two seasons and is slated to inherit Shane Morales’ old job, took a few minutes to sit down and answer a few questions about himself before this upcoming season.
What was it like having Jon Kitna as a guardian?
It was a little different than any other normal situation you have, but other than his fame and people recognizing who he was, everything else as far as a home life was exactly the same as you would find in any other house. He was basically a father figure to me. He treated me like his kid and I got punished when I did things wrong. It wasn’t too different from what you would find in any other house, but it was a little different in the fact that he plays in the NFL so people knew who he was. I also got to go to practices; that was the fun part.
Does it ever bother you what people say with what happened this last season in Detroit?
No. After living with him for so long, you learn to ignore the media. He always did a good job at leaving football on the field and not bringing it home. He never really talked about it much at home. You just learn to ignore that stuff.
How is the married life?
It’s awesome, it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. I love coming home everyday to my wife and a clean apartment. You don’t have to worry about messy roommates or anything like that. I can just go home, relax and just hang out. It’s awesome and I have a great time with it.
Talk about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes…
I haven’t done much with it since I have been here. Joe Broker is the guy who leads it for this area and I talk to him every once in awhile, but I haven’t been able to do too much with the FCA here. I am part of it, but I haven’t done much. We do bible study here all the time, and I meet with Tom Ramsey once a week for chapel. He is kind of a mentor of mine. We try to reach guys on the team and try to create that bond with us so we can lift each other up and help each other out.
You’re studying psychology. What drew you to that major?
I love learning how people think and how they behave. It’s just something that since high school, I have always been interested in. I am a big thinker and I spend a lot of time just thinking about things, so I thought psychology would be a good thing for me.
You played safety in high school, has that helped you be able read what the other team is trying to do?
I played both sides of the ball in high school, so I know what to look for as a receiver. I can look at the safety and see what they are looking for, how they are looking at me and what my body movements tell them. I can flip that around to my advantage being a receiver.
What was it like growing up in Ohio?
It was a big change. I was born in Tacoma, Wash. and I lived there when I was younger, then I moved to Ohio. The weather was obviously one of the biggest changes for me. It’s over 100 in the summer and humid, and it’s freezing in the winter. A lot of the times it got below zero. That was a big change. I loved growing up in Ohio. It was very family friendly. We grew up in a suburban area that was really laid back and conservative. It was fun, I really enjoyed it.
What was the transition like coming from Ohio to Corvallis?
It was another big change. I was born in Tacoma so it wasn’t that big of a thing because I already knew what the Pacific Northwest was like and knew what to expect. I love it out here. I am a big outdoors guy so I love the rivers, the mountains, the lakes and going up in the woods. It was a fun change.
Any pregame rituals?
I do a lot of praying before each game, I read my Bible every once in awhile before the game and I just mentally prepare myself for the game.
What should fans look forward to with this upcoming season?
They have a lot to look forward to. We are a solid team. The Rodgers brothers are always something to look for, and they do a great job for our team. Our quarterbacks are doing a great job, and so is everyone else. I think it’s going to be an exciting year and our defense is going to be really good again this year. I think we are going to be really solid and I am looking forward to this year.
What are you personally looking forward to this season?
I am personally looking forward to getting the opportunity to get a little more playing time as receiver, developing my skills there and getting into a routine of getting to play receiver instead of just special teams or just getting a couple plays here and there.
Who is going to win the Super Bowl next year?
Hopefully the Dallas Cowboys since that’s where my cousin is at, so that’s who I am hoping for.
What do you want Beaver fans to know about Casey Kjos?
I put Jesus Christ in everything I do and everything comes after that. He controls everything that happens in my life and that’s who I am.
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