It’s not just an institution occupied solely by bookworms and PhDs.
While many take on the university through studies, many forget that Harvard molds success throughout the entire experience. Mention Harvard University strictly as a fixture for academics and be prepared to hear plenty about the football team’s 2014 Ivy League Championship.
But that’s history now. With 2015 approaching briskly, we caught up with Harvard football captain Matt Koran to discuss life as a Crimson athlete.
AK: You were named the 142nd captain in Harvard football history. What are the emotions like knowing that you are now the leader for all those guys on the field?
MK: Being elected by my peers to be the 142nd captain of Harvard Football was easily the biggest honor I’ve ever received in my life. Knowing that my teammates have that much faith and confidence in me is such an incredible feeling. In recent history, the position of captain has been filled with legendary guys, so I have really large shoes to fill. But I am beyond excited to take on the challenge and cannot wait to lead the team to another Ivy League Championship.
AK: The Crimson went 10-0 last season en route to an Ivy League championship, and you emphasized the importance of returning to that success in your speech when you were appointed captain. What will it take for you guys to repeat what you did a season ago?
MK: Last season was truly something special. The last Harvard team to go 10-0 was in 2004 with NFL Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. Replicating that success is no easy task, but I am confident if we continue to push ourselves in a way that is unparalleled to our competition and continue to grow as a family and brotherhood, this goal is definitely attainable.
AK: Harvard hosted College GameDay last season when you guys clashed with Yale. I expect it was hectic, but what was the atmosphere like around campus on that weekend?
MK: Electric. Everything about that week was amazing. Everyone on campus supported us, ESPN was around our locker room and at our practices, and the level of excitement from all the guys on the team was incredible. Harvard-Yale is a sellout crowd every year and the fact that College GameDay came to cover The Game only helped to increase our hype and intensity.
AK: Attending such a prestigious school like Harvard, what will the future plans be for you or what exactly would you like to accomplish once your tenure as a Crimson student-athlete is over?
MK: I’m not exactly sure what I want to do post graduation, but I have a solid idea. I am an economics concentrator here at Harvard, so I hope to get involved with something having to do with finance and the markets. I interned this past summer as a trading intern at the CME Group and will be interning at Guggenheim Securities this upcoming summer as a Sales and Trading Analyst. I also really want to return to Chicago and live somewhere in Wrigleyville.
AK: Staying on that subject, what’s the one thing that you want people to remember about you at Harvard?
MK: I want people to remember me as a genuine, hard-working, dedicated guy who was a good friend to many.