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UVA linebacker Micah Kiser at Campbell Trophy press event

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Photo by National Football Foundation/Melissa Macatee

UVA senior linebacker Micah Kiser was interviewed by ESPN’s Holly Rowe at the Campbell Trophy press conference on Tuesday.

Kiser is a member of the 2017 National Scholar-Athlete Class. One member of the class will be named the recipient of the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy® during the Awards Dinner tonight.

HOLLY ROWE: Congratulations. From Virginia, linebacker Micah Kiser holds a 3.42 GPA in foreign affairs. He’s an Academic All-American, currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education. He earned Second-Team All-American honors as a junior and led the ACC in tackles per game three straight seasons. That’s just unbelievable kind of consistency. I was lucky, I got to cover your game recently at Miami. And we did a special about you and Braxton and the Campbell Trophy. And I asked you a class or a moment you’d had on campus that impacted you. And I thought your answer was very important because it was talking about a class where African-American students could give back and help others become included in the academic world moving forward. Tell me what you’ve learned that you want to teach other kids coming behind you to be successful.

MICAH KISER: Yeah, just going to UVA and having the opportunities I’ve had at a great school like that is just taking advantage of the opportunities that are provided to you. And being a student-athlete like myself, you’d got to use football as a platform. And I used it to get me in the University of Virginia, opportunity to get two degrees, opportunity to go to the NFL, and then opportunity to set myself up 40 years down the line with such a great education and then being able to meet so many different people through the experience of football. So just using my platform, being able to use your own platform and really taking advantage of the opportunities that the world can provide to you if you go out there and you take it.


HOLLY ROWE: When you were a young man coming into college — because Virginia is a very competitive academic institution and you’re dealing with football and everything that goes along with that. But then you’re having to compete with kids in the classroom who aren’t playing sports. What would you tell your younger self about the tools it took you to succeed?

MICAH KISER: Honestly, I was lucky because my parents sacrificed so much for me growing up. So I went to a private school that was very competitive in Baltimore growing up. I really was ready for it. I was always competing in the classroom, on the field, in the community to always be the best and to really strive for excellence. I just want to thank my parents. Without them, none of this would be possible. Love them to death. I wish they could be here.