Athlete of the week: 10 questions to Roger Simon, Loyola baseball and football


Roger Simon is a senior football and baseball player for the Ramblers. The wide receiver will play football — and possibly baseball — at John Carroll University next year.

1. Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Before a game, I usually like to do my own stretches. We stretch as a team, but I like to do mine on the side. Before an at-bat, when I enter the box, I look at my stick, take my sign from my coach and hit the plate once.

2. What are your plans for next year?

I think athletically and competitively their sports are really good, and academically it’s a really good school, so it worked out for me. That’s why I chose it.

3. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Right now, I’m going to have to say Shohei Ohtani (OF/SP – Los Angeles Angels) because he’s a modern-day Babe Ruth. He throws and hits the ball. He is a perfect mold for both hitting and throwing.

4. If you could do any other sport, what would it be?

I think it would be hockey. I like hockey. I played when I was younger for a year. Something about skating and checking people on the boards. I love watching hockey so I think I would like to play it too.

5. What is your favorite thing to do off the pitch?

Off the pitch, I really like hanging out with my friends. I like to play golf. Just being with friends really.

6. What is your dream job?

I would probably be a professional athlete. Probably a baseball player.

7. Would you rather steal a home run or hit one?

It’s hard. I’d rather hit one honestly. Right when you hit him, after if there’s any doubt you do a bat flip, back him up and take your time, make it last longer.

8. If you’re at Walgreens with a few dollars, what do you buy?

I’ll probably buy half Arizona lemonade, half iced tea for a buck, and probably like a bag of lime tortilla chips.

9. What don’t people know about you?

I have a twin (Aidan Simon). He’s a track guy. We are okay. A lot of people don’t know that we are twins. We don’t look alike.

10. What does this team want to accomplish this season?

We want to win it all, but I think we’re taking it one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We have high expectations of ourselves and know what we can do. Sky is the limit. I think we can have a good run in my playoffs.

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