Meet Kameron Krebs
July 9, 2009
If ESPN could give away an award for the luckiest student-athlete of the year, Kameron Krebs would probably have won. In the past year he received a scholarship to play division I football, he watched one of the biggest upsets of the year when Oregon State defeated No. 1 USC, and then he travelled to Tampa Bay, Fla. to watch the Steelers take on the Cardinals in the Super Bowl as a birthday present. However, Krebs is not the type of person to take any of that for granted; he knows his hard work and dedication has helped him get to where he is today.
What is it like playing with your brother Kaulin?
It’s really fun getting to not only play with him, but to have him live up here too. We are a really family orientated group. We had seven kids in my family and to have him here is really cool. I am really grateful and really fortunate to have him here with me.
Do you have a favorite pro team?
The Arizona Cardinals have always been my team since I was little and I know a handful of guys on the team too. Actually, it’s probably a tie between the Cardinals and Steelers just because I know so many guys on both of the teams. Luckily they were both in the Super Bowl this year and I got to go to it. It was kind of a birthday present.
How was going to the Super Bowl?
It was awesome. I got to hang out at the after party and see guys who I have trained with and used to hang out with back in Hawai’i. I was with my little brother, my older brother and my dad, so it was the best birthday present ever. The atmosphere is way more intense and a lot more fun. You don’t really get to see the half time performance as much, but that was ok this year because I don’t really like Bruce Springsteen. It was a lot of fun. It was really intense and really loud the whole time. It was just like the USC game last year.
Why Oregon State?
It was actually really easy for me. They were the first and only ones to give me an offer. My brother was coming here and right when I met Coach Riley, Coach Banker and everyone that was here, it just felt right to me. I really liked Corvallis because, just like the North Shore. There isn’t a whole lot going on and that is how I like it. Just staying where I am is good for me. If I was in Southern California, I wouldn’t be getting into trouble, but I would have a lot more going on so I wouldn’t be focused on my academics, football and playing music. It definitely keeps me grounded.
What type of music do you like to play?
Real mellow stuff like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. I guess you could call it beach acoustic-type stuff. Growing up I always played in a band back home in Hawai’i and it was more old school rock like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. The stuff I play more now is more acoustic.
Tell Beaver Nation about yourself…
I like to skate, surf, snowboard when I get a chance and I play music all the time. I have been playing the guitar for about eight years and I play the drums and the piano. I love hanging out with my family and friends; going on fun vacations. I always like to be occupied doing something. I always try to stay busy doing something.
What are you looking forward to with this upcoming season?
I haven’t played in an actual game in two seasons. I didn’t play my senior year and I redshirted this past season, so more than anything, just getting that game vibe again and being able to get in and making plays. It’s going to be a lot cooler than high school though. They have, like, 50,000 fans here screaming at the top of their lungs. When we were watching the USC game I was thinking, ‘I cannot wait until next year.’ More than anything I am excited for how well the team is looking and our chance at success next season is really high. Me being able to make an impact and being a part of it will be really rad.
If you weren’t a linebacker, what would you be?
I kind of feel like I would have to pick an offensive position if I wasn’t playing linebacker because then I would have more of a chance to score touchdowns. I would probably be a running back or a tight end because you get to hit people and you have a chance to score.
If you could travel to any place, where would it be?
I really want to go to Scotland. That’s where my ancestors are from. That’s the homeland away from America. I have seen pictures of it and I have a couple of friends that have gone over there and they said it was absolutely beautiful. I have gone to New Zealand and that place is really beautiful, but I really want to go to Scotland because I think that place would be really rad. The scenery and getting back to those roots from where my ancestors are from would be super cool.
What motivates you?
God gave me a chance to use my talents and I feel like I would be wasting them if I didn’t try as hard as I could. That is why I try so hard in football, in school, in music and in everything I do. Whatever I am doing I try to be the best at it. I only get a couple of chances a year to go snowboarding, I only get to practice football a handful of times and I only get so many reps. Every single rep I get I try my hardest at it because I would be wasting my time if I wasn’t going 100 percent.
How has the transition from Hawaii to Oregon been?
It’s really different. Right now it was really nice. When we got here during the spring and over the summer it was really nice because it was sunny. It was different because there are different things to do here like go floating down the river. It’s a different atmosphere. The biggest change for me was not being able to surf because that was a huge part of my life, but I‘d definitely take playing in Reser Stadium over getting barreled at pipeline any day. Mostly just the weather was the only big change for me. We are so occupied with football that I always have something going on, so I don’t have much time to think about missing home.
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