You may not recognize Casey Kreiter on the street, but he likes it that way. We spoke with Kreiter about the NFL, long snapping, and being internet famous…
DeWitt, Iowa is a small town of 5,000 located in Eastern Iowa. A small town that has produced zero NFL players until now. Casey Kreiter changed that. This is where his story begins.
Growing up and dreaming of playing in the NFL is not something most think is realistic, especially in a small town. However, for Casey, it was something he wanted since the 7th grade.
"In middle school, deep down I knew this is what I wanted to do. I want to be the only person from Dewitt, the first person from DeWitt to play and have a jersey in the lobby, be a role model for the kids. Casey Kreiter in exclusive interview with Predominantly Orange (Andrew Wade)"
Despite limited postseason success for Central DeWitt High School, Casey garnered All-State accolades in his Junior and Senior seasons. He was a three-way player, serving as the team’s tight end, linebacker, and long snapper.
Coming out of high school, Casey was lightly recruited, but that didn’t stop him from believing when Iowa came knocking.
Kirk Ferentz is quite skilled at identifying diamonds in the rough. Casey is no stranger to this.
When starting at Iowa, he envisioned a similar story to that of another famous small-town Iowan turned NFL player, Chad Greenway.
"Played linebacker for one year [at Iowa]. Moved to defensive line second year. Going into my third year, made the transition to full-time long snapping. It was a tough decision. I wanted to be a Chad Greenway type of player. I didn’t know if I could compete at the level going into it. I just needed to believe in myself."
Although the path was unconventional, the move to long snapping turned out quite well.