“I was just a scared little freshman when my name was called,” Kreiter recalls. “But, that ‘next man in’ mentality told me that I had a job to do and I had to go do it.”
Why a Gophers fan?
“That’s where my mom grew up, and didn’t really have a team to root for down here, I wanted to be different, so I sort of gravitated to being a Gophers fan, I guess,” he said with a laugh. “I picked the Gophers, and it’s kind of surreal to think I made my debut against the team I grew up cheering for.”
Ever since, Kreiter has played in 35 games for Iowa, recording nine tackles. However, he hasn’t forgotten where he has come from.
The former Central DeWitt Saber acknowledges what his parents, Jenny and Kurt Kreiter, have taught him, but Casey says his dad is the one who taught him a pretty strong message of appreciation.
“They’ve been behind me 100 percent and teach me how to do things the right way,” he said. “But my dad is a cancer survivor, and he’s instilled in me that kind of sense of urgency of you never know when your time will be up. And my mom has kept me in line when maybe I was swaying from where they wanted me to be.”
Kreiter recalls a time when he was starting to get more playing time, and turning to Kurt for advice on how to handle football and academic responsibilities.
“I told him that I wasn’t sure if I could handle it, and he wasn’t going to accept that from me,” he said. “I was watching film and going to practice, and he said that he knew that I could do well, and told me not to slip up. Getting good grades is one of those little things that you have to get right, and when you get many things going right, they snowball into great things.”