Meet Brian Ramsey
Nov. 30, 2009
Junior forward Brian Ramsey had the best season of his career this past season recording one goal and leading the team with five assists. The native of Pocatello, Idaho participated in all 18 matches this season and started in 16.
When did you start playing soccer?
'I started playing soccer when I was four. I started playing all of the main American sports. I played football and baseball at a young age. Ken Griffey, Jr. was my idol when I was little. My dad and I would always put pillows on the living room floor and we'd play with a ping-pong ball and paper towel rolls, and I'd pretend I was some American League baseball player and I would run around to the pillows as bases. At age five, I got a Burger King sponsor in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and began playing soccer.'
Why did you stick with soccer?
'I played baseball and soccer during the same season, I played basketball in the winter, and the plan was always to play football. My dad didn't want me to play football because he didn't want me to get any injuries prior to high school. When I got into high school and it was time to make the switch, I just enjoyed soccer so much that I couldn't let it go.'
What is your favorite part about soccer?
'The individuality you can have in it. Players can vary so much in soccer. The interesting thing to me on our team is that we have players like Danny Mwanga and Colin Mitchell who play so differently from one another, but are just so good. On a larger scale, with the World Cup, there are countries from Africa that play completely differently than we do in the United States. The diversity you can have within the sport is a rarity.'
What is the highlight of your soccer career?
'The goal I scored this year against UCLA when we started Pac-10 play. It was a pretty big moment. We unfortunately ended up losing 3-1, but when I scored we went up 1-0. It kind of surprised us all, which wasn't necessarily a good thing, but it really brought our team together and put us one step ahead, and we put our foot forward at the start of the Pac-10.'
Why did you choose to come to OSU?
'I came to Oregon State to do a summer camp. I came here and fell in love with the atmosphere that was around campus. Even traveling around the Pac-10 now, there's not a campus prettier than Oregon State's, with all the trees and everything. The environment and atmosphere are really something I think we take for granted, and you're not going to find it anywhere else.'
What is your major and what do you plan to do with it?
'Psychology. We'll see how far soccer takes me, but the plan right now is to get a doctorate in psychology. With that, I'd like to look into coaching, definitely coaching.'
Do you see yourself having a career in soccer?
I always wanted to be a professional athlete. My goal is to do that wherever and whenever I can. If that means in the U.S., that's great, if that means in Europe, than that's awesome. I would really like, at some time in my life, to get to that point.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
'I just want to be happy. Wherever that is, I just want to be happy. If I'm getting paid to play, and I'm still healthy, and I'm happy, that's great. If I have a wife and kids at that point, that's even better, and I'm happy. Happiness is my ultimate goal, and I'm going to make whatever decision that's going to get me there. If that's playing soccer, or if it's not, then that's my goal.'
What do you like to do in your spare time?
'My favorite television show is House. Apparently the new season started, and I haven't had too much spare time, but I would love to catch up on it. I definitely just like to relax and hang out with my friends, and am with the guys on the team away from soccer just to relax and hang out. Maybe be a college student a little bit and see what's going on with campus life.'
Who is your favorite athlete?
'I'd say right now it's Kaká, he's a Brazilian forward. The reason I like him is because he's kind of a religious fanatic. He's the second-highest paid athlete in the world right now, he just got bought by Real Madrid, and the reason I like him so much is that he always keeps his feet on the ground. He's not too much of an ego-maniac. He's always calm and relaxed, and he's always about the team, and it's definitely someone I'd like to emulate. He's always trying to benefit others, even though he's one of the greatest players in the world - and in my opinion is the greatest player in the world - and I just think he's a great person and a great athlete.'
What is the most-played song on your iPod?
'Under the Bridge' by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love the Chili Peppers. I just read Anthony Kiedis' autobiography, and I read about the meaning of that song and all of the struggles he went through. Everyone can relate to struggles. That song is how he got a way, the meaning behind it, and it takes me to another place. It's nice to get away from it. It's a great song.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
'Brad Pitt. Or someone who's really tough, like the guy from 300 or maybe Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite. That would be me in a movie.'
What is the last movie that you watched?
'If I go with The Notebook, I'm a romantic...but I think it was Tommy Boy. It was in the hotel room, we watched Tommy Boy. The last movie I went to see was Paranormal Activity. I liked it a lot.'