Former Hawkeye Football Player Matt Kroul Explains Why America Still Needs Farmers

Former Hawkeye Football Player Matt Kroul Explains Why America Still Needs Farmers


You know, deep down any farm kid will come back to the farm, I think. Agriculture and Football: There’s tons of parallels that you can make and I think what I always rely on is three words: Adapt, Overcome, and Succeed. It goes as deep as: Adapting to everyday and adapting to how a play goes. Your daily life is kind of dictated by things you can’t control and that’s the same thing in the game of football as it is in farming and it’s how fast you can adapt and overcome those obstacles. At the end of the game, hopefully win and at the end of the day, hopefully you’ve accomplished something on the farm that you can be proud of and you accomplished your goal. So… My name is Matt Kroul I played at the University of Iowa 2005 – 2008 You know, now… I had the opportunity to play with the New York Jets from 2009 to 2012. And then since, “forced early retirement” I have now been a farmer for the last 7 years. Live close by to the farm. I’ve started a family, and the future is set, and here we are. Being this year’s recipient of the ANF Wall Honoree is definitely special, not only to be grouped with those guys, but to be recognized by the Farm Bureau, by The University of Iowa, but special just ‘cuz it hits home everyday. It’s what I do everyday. And to be recognized and be forever, you know, on a plaque or name in Kinnick is something that I don’t take lightly and it’s a pretty, pretty neat deal. [Voice of Kirk Ferentz] [Voice of Kirk Ferentz]
I was just really pleased to learn that Matt Kroul was this year’s recipient of the ANF Hall of Fame. It’s so fitting and such a fitting award. Matt was not a good player in our program – He was an outstanding player. Played at a very young age: 2005 was a first year starter for us. Played super that year and the remaining 4 years and had just a wonderful career. Matt was a really good player on the field but an even better leader, stronger leader and so much of it was by example. Just a stellar work-ethic I know that was instilled in him at home, working at the farm. Kroul Farms there, and you know it even goes back to his Grandmother Lizzie. She just did a great job as well. It’s been fun to watch Matt as a player for us as a leader, and even more enjoyable to see him as an adult. Just doing a tremendous job as a father and a husband, I can’t say enough about Matt. Just so happy to see him recognized, and to join a group of really, in my opinion, elite people that have played in our program. Congratulations, Matt! [music]
“I wake up in the morning, in this great blue state” [music]
“Golden fingers caress my face” [music]
“Slips through the window on a silky breeze” [music]
“A dreamer’s land to plant some seeds” I wrote a quote down the other day, for some highschool kid and it says, “Even if you’re on the right track,” “You’ll get ran over if you just sit there.” Now that was in Brian Ferentz’s locker. And it’s something that’s kinda stuck with me. I mean, he never pointed it out, but he just had it plastered on that. I’ve always kinda run that quote through my head. Complacency in a way… So I think that’s like in farming, We could just kinda go till the ground… …drive a tractor here and there… …work the cows… But I think going that extra level and trying to do everything at 100% Just don’t do what’s kinda expected. Hopefully put in some more work or more time to make it special. Something that I’ve always lived by.

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