MANHATTAN, Kan. – Collin Klein seems oblivious. There are conference and national championship races raging outside the Vanier Football Complex. The Kansas State quarterback’s name is high on most Heisman lists. Civilization (Kansas City?) is a whole two hours away. The Wildcats are ranked fourth and the outside world wants to know what makes them run. It’s because Klein — 23, married and delightfully naïve at times — basically won’t stop running.
That’s an obvious similarity to Tebow. There is another big one. Klein’s faith is out front, along with his chin that has led the way during 492 career runs. In a Kansas State-produced story that appeared in a game program, Klein said he was told by the Lord he would marry K-State women’s basketball player Shalin Spani. The daughter of former KSU football great Gary Spani said she heard “a voice in my head” independently that told her she would marry Klein. They became engaged before they formally had a first date. That first kiss came on the altar July 21, fulfilling a promise Klein made to himself at age 14. His first kiss would not come until then. ”Yes,” Spani was quoted saying about their courtship, “it’s unusual.”
There’s a couple people you can’t trust in the world in my opinion. One is a guy who has never had a beer before. The other is a guy whose never kissed a girl before. In his entire life. I mean I’m all for having “values” and faith and trying to live a certain lifestyle. That’s all great. But bottom line is when it’s 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter and we’re down 6 and I need a leader to drive me down the field for the win I just can’t trust the guy whose never gotten a peck on the cheek let alone a simple handjob. Like those are huge character building moments in your life. Sneaking beers in the basement under your parent’s noses. The embarrassment of your first time having sex. The awkwardness when it’s over in 30-45 seconds and you say what now. Dealing with the rumor mill around high school. So yeah you can tell me until you’re blue in the face how Collin Klein is the man and the Heisman frontrunner but I just simply can’t shake this feeling he’s missing a major component to being human.