KSU Quarterback Collin Klein’s First Kiss Was at the AltarJanuary 6th, 2013 by WTM.org Community
Collin Klein is the starting quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats. Collin and his wife Shalin are devout Christians, and took the hardest-possible route to waiting-till-marriage: They didn’t date formally until they were engaged, and didn’t kiss until they were at the altar.
Quotes about Waiting and Marriage…
It was really a God thing from top-to-bottom. He had really put it on both of our hearts. It’s actually something that we both kind of held to and wanted to maintain a level of purity for that special day.
On his wife and marriage…
I felt in late December that God put on my heart and spoke to me and told me that Shalin was a special girl and that I was gonna marry her. I just started praying. I didn’t tell anybody because we hadn’t talked at all about that to that point. So that happened and I was just praying that God’s rule would be done and he would put on my heart what I was supposed to do, when I was supposed to do it and give me the courage to do it.
God did something really amazing in the fact that we didn’t really date and it was the kind of thing where He put it on my heart independently and her heart independently and we knew it was right.
I would say the thing we have most in common is the thing that’s most important to us, and that’s our faith and our relationship with Christ and everything flows through that.
First and foremost is my relationship with my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. My family comes No. 2. Obviously that family is now different. That family is made up of different parts than it was a year ago, but it’s not shifted in its significance.
Short Life Story
Born: on September 19, 1989 to Doug and Kelly Klein.
Childhood: Learns football at a very young age. By the time he was five, he knew how to recognize all the common football passing patterns: slant route, hitch, stop, post, fly, flag, square out, speed out, etc. [Side note: Here's a graphic that explains those terms and a great article on The Passing Tree, if you're curious.]
Age 14: Makes a promise to himself not to kiss anyone until he’s at the altar getting married.
Age 15-16: Starting to get noticed by football scouts. Rated by Rivals.com as three-star prospect and tabbed as the seventh-best prospect in the state of Colorado by Scout.com.
Age 17: Tears up the basketball court too. Named to the Reporter-Herald All-Area basketball team and garners All-Front Range League honors after scoring 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a junior.
Age 18: Earns first team honors for Loveland in the Northern Conference in 2007. Named to the PrepStar All-Region team. Breaks school records for completion percentage (66-percent) and all-purpose yards.
Age 19: Redshirted in 2008 (held out of the main team while getting up to speed), he plays wide receiver on special teams for the entire 2009 season, catching six passes for 38 yards and one touchdown.
Age 20: Appears in all 12 games at either wide receiver or on special teams. Returns to the quarterback. Makes his first career start with the Kansas State Wildcats against the Texas Longhorns, rushes for 127 yards and makes two touchdowns (helping the Wildcats win heartily).
Age 21-22: Becomes the Wildcats’ first-string quarterback. Leads his team to a win against a Miami Hurricanes (who were coming off a win against the defending Sugar Bowl champion Ohio State Buckeyes). Passes for 146 yards in Kansas State’s 36-35 upset of the Baylor Bears, a team then ranked fifteenth in the nation.
Earns an Honorable Mention for All-American selection by Sports Illustrated. Earns an All-Big 12 honorable mention from the league’s coaches, as well as academic honors. Breaks 42-year-old school record for rushing touchdowns in a season.
Leads the Big 12 with 317 rushing attempts, 67 more than the next highest player and the most in team history.
Throws for 173 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 42 yards and a touchdown in the 2012 Cotton Bowl Classic.
Marries Shalin Spani, daughter of Gary Spani, Kansas State legend and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer. Graduates with a degree in finance and holds a 4.0 GPA during the 2011 football season or fall semester.
Age 23: Currently pursuing a master’s degree from Kansas State. Named as one of the 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. Earlier this 2012 season, he becomes a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was named AFCA Good Works Team earlier this season.
More Interesting Facts About Collin Klein
- He and his wife never had a formal date until they were engaged.
- His younger brother, Kyle, is a wide receiver for Kansas State.
- Collin Klein plays piano, mandolin and violin.
- One of his household chores as a 12-year-old involved driving a pickup to the top of “Death Hill,” a 2½-mile, 6% grade hill on his family’s Colorado property bordered by a rock face and a 150-foot cliff.
- Klein has been involved in various community service activities not only through his involvement with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), but also including serving as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and has been keynote speaker at multiple FCA and Christian Meetings.
- Spent two years as a Teen Adviser for Life Choices at the local pregnancy centre in town.
- Reads to kids at elementary schools
- Volunteers regularly for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at Kansas State.