By Casey Pickard
The Lewis & Clark Football team has enjoyed success in the past few weeks. One member of the defense, Remington Campbell ’18, is an aspiring veterinarian who has a passion for animal care and football.
After he earns his biochemistry major, Campbell looks forward to attending graduate school to become a large animal veterinarian. The inspiration came from working with farm animals throughout his childhood.
“I’ve applied to five veterinary schools so I’ll hear back sometime in the winter or early spring if I got in,” Campbell said. Much of Campbell’s animal experience comes from working with his father, who is a Future Farmers of America (FFA) teacher. FFA is a youth organized organization that promotes and supports agricultural education.
“My dad is an AG adviser for the FFA,” Campbell said. An AG adviser is an agriculture teacher. “I was always helping him out with animals for the fair. I also showed pigs in high school through FFA.”
Campbell spent his past three summers and winter breaks working on a feedlot in his hometown, Brawley, California. Campbell has also worked with a veterinarian that visits the feedlot. He even travels with the veterinarian to Arizona. The experience has motivated him to become a vet.
“It’s a lot of work but I really enjoy it,” Campbell said.
Playing for the Pios since his freshman year, Campbell provides a unique perspective on their recent wins. In his sophomore year, he made the jump from special teams to starting linebacker and his performance earned him the position permanently.
Campbell hadn’t won a game until this year.
“It’s been fun to go through it with everyone who’s stuck with it.” Never before winning a single game with his teammates makes the wins against Pomona-Pitzer and Willamette in September all the more sweeter.
“I think we’re doing our jobs now. We’ve always had the right people and we’ve just made tiny mistakes here and there that always hurt us,” Campbell said.
Campbell explained that one of the team’s biggest goals this year was not to put themselves down after each game and instead tell themselves “okay we can do this” as they head into their event.
“Getting over that mental hump … that’s been one of the biggest things for us,” Campbell said. After years of losses, it has been easy for the Pios to lose steam and begin to expect a loss instead of anticipating a win.
Campbell is enthusiastic about the new recruits for the football team.
“They’ve been really good,” Campbell said. “We’ve brought in some some really good freshmen.” This season, first year players make up a quarter of the football roster. I’ve got a freshman playing next to me which has been awesome to teach him and stuff like that” Campbell said.
This Saturday, Oct. 21, Campbell is looking forward to playing with his teammates in the homecoming game against Pacific University.