Northwestern Quarterback Kain Colter is every school Sports Information Department’s dream. Not only is he a fantastic college football player, but he’s a phenomenal student too. He interned this past summer at Goldman Sachs, and he’s designated Pre-med while majoring in Psychology.
Colter is like Johnny Manziel in that he plays the same position and wears the same jersey number. And both are explosive dual threat QBs who can be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
Off the field is a completely different story. While Manziel is brash, flashy, arrogant and polarizing, Kain Colter is humble and universally liked.
He suffered a concussion in week one during Northwestern’s 44-30 win at Cal-Berkley, but came back quickly, and recovered fully to go 15-18 passing for 116 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT in the Cats’ blowout win over Syracuse.
Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald on Kain Colter’s strong return from missing nearly all of the first game with a concussion:
“Kain’s one of the most dynamic playmakers not only in this conference but in the country. He has an unbelievable grasp of our offense.”
Concussions have been pretty much the dominant topic involving football in 2012 and 2013, and Kain Colter talked about recovering from the concussion and returning to the field.
“People were really worried about the concussion and they didn’t want to push anything. We have our protocol and I had to follow that. Thank God for that, because guys try to rush it and they can make it worse. But it’s been working out.”
Colter followed up his week two performance with over a 100 yards rushing in the win over Western Michigan. Colter’s father played for the Colorado Buffaloes and was a member of the school’s 1990 national championship team.
As exemplary as Kain Colter is on the field, he’s just as much of a positive PR machine off the field. As a college football player, he’s been like a Tim Tebow, sounding almost too good to be true. This past summer, Colter analyzed investment portfolios and mined potential new clients while working at Goldman in the private wealth management department.
And while Colter has made inroads toward a career in finance, he's also on the pre-med track. Although that path may be on the backburner for awhile.
“I need to finish a few classes, I wasn’t able to do that, but as time went on my commitment of going to medical school kind of dwindled, I want to get some work experience,” Kain said.
“I’m going to leave that door open, but I’m going to pursue playing football as long as I can.”
I asked Kain Colter what he learned during his summer internship.
“Our program does a great job of getting guys great internships. I had fun and worked in a field that I haven’t had much experience in and I liked it a lot and it’s a career I might pursue in the future,” he said.
And Colter knows that financial service firms often love to hire former athletes; so he has a bright future down that road- if he chooses it.
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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook
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