Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel had a message for students at his alma mater about taking steps toward success.
“I encourage you – whatever your plan is – to not take for granted that anything in life is just going to happen,” Krenzel said.
In a speaking event at the Ohio Union Thursday evening, the former NFL player and Buckeye standout took time to remind students to achieve their goals in life, they to have a plan, be prepared, and produce when called upon.
“You’re shaping the opportunities of what you’re to going be the rest of your lives,” Krenzel said. “Life only gets better – so it’s important to be prepared.”
Krenzel spoke about his successes as a Buckeye, most notably when he became the starter for the 2002 season, the same year his team won the BCS National Championship.
“We didn’t have the flashiest system, but we were physical and talented,” Krenzel said of the 2002 squad.
Krenzel gave some insight into his playing days in Columbus, including stories ranging from his first impressions of former coach Jim Tressel.
“I thought it was really cool seeing a National Champion right in front of me, and remembering everything he talked about from my childhood,” said Brendan Bishop, a first-year actuarial science major.
“I always enjoy coming back and talking to the students and just sharing a little bit about my time here at Ohio State,” said Krenzel in an interview with The Lantern. “Some of the things I learned on campus and on field, 10 years later are still very relevant.”
The relevancy of Krenzel’s topics wasn’t lost on those in attendance.
“I thought it was really good,” said Matt Olson, a third-year in biology. “Obviously he talked about his football career, but he also talked about life and how to get through it. The whole thing was very informative.”
While students appreciated Krenzel’s advice, he still appreciates what OSU gave him, and what he believes it gives to all students.
“To me, everybody talks about how (Ohio State) is all about the people, and it’s kind of cliché, but I’ve just met so many great people,” Krenzel said. “There are just so many opportunities you’re going to have because of the relationships you’re going to forge.”