Meet Kevin Frahm
April 11, 2009
Known for his weight room workouts to the members of his team, Kevin Frahm is not only possibly the next big defensive end for Oregon State, but he could also possibly be the strongest player on the team as he enjoys competing as a strongman. He is also involved with studying Hebrew and Torah Study. This down to earth sophomore from Portland, Ore. has his priorities in order as he prepares for this upcoming season. He has been a part of his local community and his church; he has kept up his grades and he played in every game for the Beavers last season. Beaver Nation, meet Kevin Frahm.
How did you get interested in Torah Study, Hebrew and the strongman?
Well, of course, I’m Jewish, so that’s how you get the Torah Study and the Hebrew. For strongman, that was something I got into during my time at Central Catholic. My strength coach, Justin Scott, competed, and still competes, in strongman competitions. He took me along and brought me into all of that. The strongman stuff is just cool. What guy doesn’t want to go out and pull semi- trucks and pick up big stones? It’s the stuff your parents told you not to do. With Torah Study, I always liked that because when I’m chanting it, or singing it, that’s really spiritual for me and it’s my way of keeping connected to my culture, my beliefs and values. Hebrew ties into that.
What is it like being part of the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team?
That was something that I started doing because during my freshman term at Central Catholic, I needed some independent service credit. I was doing some research about a program the Portland Fire Department was putting on. In the case of a major natural disaster, or a terrorist attack, they have teams for every kind of neighborhood, and the teams go around and try to help people by putting out fires, busted natural gas lines or water lines. The fire department or the police department might not be able to get there, or they might have bigger things going on, so they would send the teams. They train us in triage and advanced first-aid stuff. It’s pretty cool.
You were a finalist for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2006 Scholar Athlete, how did they choose?
Back at Central Catholic I had a pretty good GPA and I had some service projects I was doing, which the Neighborhood Emergency Team was part of, and I did okay on the field, so I was picked. I think it was a combination of sports, academics and community service. The funny thing was, Coach Riley was the keynote speaker, and he was also the person who was going to announce the award. Of course I didn’t win it, the guy sitting right next to me did, but Coach told me that after he saw my name wasn’t in the envelope, he thought about announcing my name and seeing what would happen.
What made Oregon State so perfect for you?
I love the town, the small town atmosphere and being close to the nature. I think we have great coaches who are both geniuses on the field and great people off the field. My teammates, these are the best guys I have ever had the privilege to be around. I can’t complain.
Growing up in Portland, were you always a Beaver fan?
I was always partial to the Beavers. My dad was from Wisconsin, so back in the day when I was a kid, I always grew up with being pushed to root for the Wisconsin Badgers, but the Beavers were always my dark horse team.
Why are you known for your weight workouts?
I think it’s because, not to toot my own trumpet, but because I am the same in there, as I am on the field. I come in there and just go have fun and get wild and crazy.
Next to football, what is important to you?
I would say my most important things are football, my family, my good friends and my religion. After that, nothing big comes to mind. There is stuff I enjoy doing, but it’s not on the same level.
How long and why did you lead religious services for?
I actually haven’t done that in a while because they don’t have a synagogue here in Corvallis. I do it because it brings me back in touch with my family, my culture and what my values are. Just to be a part of those services and to be the main voice for all of those other people, it’s powerful and also an intense responsibility. Just to give back to something that is such a big part of who I am, it’s such a big part of everything I have been able to accomplish.
Let’s just say because I couldn’t go into public speaking. Football is something I have been drawn to, and being out on the field and being able to play football, is kind of a spiritual experience for me. When people play their best, they have to play outside of themselves and you don’t have time to think, you’re just reacting. It’s just cool. In the movie Chariots of Fire the runner feels like God is looking down on him when he is running, and that is how I feel about football.
Describe the fans of Beaver Nation?
I would say they are definitely the best fans I have ever been around. They are so invested in it. They really want you to succeed and they take so much pleasure in that. They are so passionate about it and it’s awesome to play for them. On the flip side, it’s definitely a motivating factor because it puts a great deal of responsibility on us to return that and to put our best on for them.
OSU Spring Football practices are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 30 – April 29 beginning at 3 p.m. The spring season culminates with the Spring Game, May 2 at Reser Stadium at noon. Tickets for the Spring Game can be purchased beginning Monday, April 6 at the OSU Ticket Office in Room 107 of Gill Coliseum. Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370.You can make an “everyday champion.” Follow Beaver Athletics on twitter.
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