Tuesday Jul 23 2013
From football field to political arena
By: Trevor Horn, Special to the Journal
Logan Lamb, Del Oro grad and offensive lineman at Linfield College, serving internship in US Congress
Most 19-year olds would rather hit the snooze button than wake up at 6 a.m. and put on a suit and tie.
That’s what makes Logan Lamb so unique and makes his dad, Mike Lamb, call his son “an old soul.”
The 2012 Del Oro graduate and sophomore-to-be offensive lineman at Linfield College is spending eight weeks this summer as an intern for U.S. Congress Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) in Washington D.C.
Lamb said he got into politics as a youth because of his grandfather.
“Grandpa was in politics in Long Beach,” Lamb said. “I just grew up around it.”
Instead of pushing sleds around the football field or books around campus at Linfield in Oregon, Lamb said he is right in the middle of “the hustle and bustle” around Capitol Hill.
“You become a part of the rush,” he added. “It’s such a crazy time to be out here this summer.”
Still unsure of what his career path is going to be, Lamb has not been shy about trying out a multitude of different endeavors.
This past spring he followed in his dad’s footsteps for a second time. Already a college football player like his father who played offensive line for USC in the 1980s, Lamb also jumped into the announcers booth a few times to do radio work for Linfield baseball games.
Mike Lamb, humbled by his son’s interest in a long-time career once had. Lamb, now vice president at Wells Fargo Student Insurance, was a long-time radio personality.
“I always thought he was meant for better things.” the elder Lamb said. “It’s a mix of pride and worrying because I think he is doing too much. But I am proud. He is just something special.”
During the recent spring semester at Linfield, Lamb became the youngest charter president in Theta Chi fraternity history.
“It’s such a tremendous honor to be looked upon by my brothers at such a high honor,” Lamb said.
With school, football, the internship, fraternity presidency and a field study trip to western Oregon earlier this summer, Lamb said he will be able to have around a week off this summer to relax.
That’s not what most college freshmen would call an enjoyable summer, but Lamb is making the most of the opportunities, saying he has “dabbled in a lot of things.”
Lamb credits his work ethic stemming from football and in particular Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor and Jason Stowers, a former Del Oro assistant who is now the head coach at Woodcreek.
“(Stowers) was my inspiration,” Lamb said. “He was a tremendous mentor and got me connected with (6th district) assemblywoman Beth Gaines.”
After the months away from the gridiron, Lamb said he is ready to get back at it.
“I am definitely excited to get back to football,” Lamb said. “Looking back, that is nothing like walking around Capitol Hill in a full suit with humidity out here.”