Name: Michael Kneip
College: University of Washington
Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 302 pounds, junior, OL
High School: Bellevue HS, Bellevue, Washington
About Michael Kneip: Winning on the football field was part of DNA in high school, as the Bellevue Wolverines won four consecutive Washington State Championship. Kneip was voted first-team All-State in Class 3A as a senior. Part of the leadership team that helped launch the Washington Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and was instrumental in holding the inaugural Lift For Life earlier this year. After taking a redshirt his first year on campus in 2012, Kneip saw limited action as a redshirt freshman but last season played in five games and this season is the back-up center behind a senior.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
KNEIP: My favorite experience at Husky Stadium is the entire team getting together to sing the fight song with the band after a big win.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
KNEIP: I have always believed that the best thing in life is to use your blessings to impacts others in a positive way. My favorite feeling is being able to make a difference outside of just being a football player. It is an amazing experience for not just me but the rest of my team. Uplifting Athletes has not only given me the tools to get the most out of my football experience but also brought my team closer being able to bring us all to work together in something other than football.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
KNEIP: Runing out of the tunnel at Husky Stadium for the first time my freshman year. It was a dream come true. It was feeling I will never forget.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
KNEIP: Oregon has been one of the elite football programs in the country for last 10 years and we play them every year. They do an amazing job using their team speed and they never make mistakes.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
KNEIP: My major is Communication sales and marketing. Uplifting Athletes has been a huge opportunity for me in that the same skills that I learn in class translated directly to contributing to our chapter. Being able to communicate effectively and efficiently has been huge part of our chapters fundraising with social media, interviews and talking to our booster clubs. Being able to apply the skills I learn in class to the “real world” through Uplifting Athletes has taught me more than I could ever have learned just in school. This is an incredible opportunity.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
KNEIP: My favorite college player to watch is Myles Jack. He plays linebacker at UCLA. We went to high school together and played together.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
KNEIP: Russel Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. He seems to be the most honest and humble person in the NFL. I admire the way he gives back to the community through his charity work with Seattle Children’s Hospital. The way he carries himself is something that all athletes should strive to do.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
KNEIP: Oregon’s Austen Stadium is the second loudest stadium in our conference and is always sold out.