Football Program Q&A: Cameron Kline

Cameron Kline action photo
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot.

• What is your concentration?

• What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
I am potentially looking at going to law school one day and going down that path in my career.

• Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand what you're seeing on the field?
I am the second line of defense, and I am the guy that watches where the ball goes and the offensive line moves in order to try and make the tackle.

• What is your first memory of football?
My first big memory of football was my first touchdown, where I caught an onside kick and returned it for a touchdown.

• What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan?
Basketball games have always been my favorite to watch, but the hockey games are a lot of fun as well.

• What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
Definitely having to deal with being tired a lot from waking up so early and doing football-related things and having to still work hard in school to keep my grades up.

• What's the best part of a home football day?
Definitely the pre-game locker room speeches where we get hyped up as a team.

• Who do you like lining up against in practice?
I like going up against John Stivers. It's always fun butting heads on the football field with one of your roommates. 

• Who has the best nickname on the team, and why?
Don't really know any.

• Do you have a nickname?

• How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
The mental toughness training has definitely prepared me for adversity I will face in life, and being able to attack that adversity from what I have learned in dealing with very difficult conditions.

• What do you think when you hear Harvard's mission statement: 'Education Through Athletics'?
When I hear that statement, I think of how much of an honor it is to attend this school through striving to be great in the sport I love. I don't think I would be here without football, and by being given that opportunity I have access to the best education in the world that can set me up for the rest of my life.

• What do you want your Harvard legacy to be?
I want to be remembered as the guy that always gave everything he could to the team and motivated people to do the same.

• If you weren't playing football, you would be…
Probably at a school closer to home, and probably playing way too much of video games.

• What is your favorite football memory?
Winning the Region Championship my senior year of high school in a game against our biggest rivals was one of the best feelings ever.

• What are your favorite places to eat in the square?
El Jefe's, Felipe's, and Pokeworks just to name a few.

• Best football movie of all-time? Why?
I think I have to go with The Waterboy, due to just how many incredible quotes there are from that movie.

• If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
I'd probably choose to be Shaquille O'Neal about 20 years ago. I think it'd be pretty funny to see how much smaller other people are from his perspective, on top of the whole being incredible at basketball thing.

• If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give to yourself as a freshman?
I would tell myself to embrace the hardships, whether that be waking up really early every day or walking over to football in the freezing cold, embrace them and understand it's what is necessary to be the best player and person I can be.

• Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
I think Wes Ogsbury has the best dance moves, and I probably am a strong contender for the worst.

• Your favorite 'Murph'-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)?
"Who has it better than us? Nobody, nobody has it better than us."