Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 26, 2012

Simon says ‘I’m going to Bluefield College’

BLUEFIELD — Drew Simon will spend the next four years playing on a field which he has played all his football life.  Simon, an offensive and defensive lineman for the Bluefield High School Beavers singed a letter of intent to play for Bluefield College.  The Rams, which play their first competitive football in 70 years this fall, will play their home games at Mitchell Stadium, where Simon has called home since his days playing youth league football in Bluefield.

Simon commented that the closeness was a major factor in choosing BC. “It’s right down the road.  Playing here, everybody can see me.   You’ve got my family right up the street, my son can watch me play ball, and I get to play four more years on Mitchell (Stadium), that’s a big part of it.  I’m just excited to play at the next level, get a chance.”

Simon played along the offensive and defensive line during his career at BHS, his senior year he was center.  He said officials at BC have not indicated where he would play, but he is ready to go wherever he is needed.

“They haven’t really said anything about positions, but they said they’d put me wherever I’d be most successful at, so I just want to be wherever I can contribute,” Simon said.  “Center is probably my favorite position.  You’re in control of the game, everything starts with you, from the first movement of you, that’s when everybody else moves.  You anchor the line.”

Simon praised the BHS coach Fred Simon, no relation and the time he spent wearing the Maroon and White.  “I wouldn’t take back a second of it,” Drew Simon said.  “It’s some of the best years of my life.  Coach Simon, he’s a great football mind and a coach.  He really knows how to get a team ready to play ball.  Playing here at Bluefield, that’s a privilege that most people around here don’t get.”

When asked what was the highlight of his high school playing career, Drew Simon showed the jewelry on his hand and said, “Winning the state championship ring in ’09.  That was the highlight.  Ain’t nothing like that in the world.”

Drew’s father, Jerry Simon said the signing was long in the making.

“Ever since he was a baby and I started watching him play ball, we’ve dreamed about this and we talked about it.  It’s a great opportunity for him,” Jerry Simon said.  “He made his own path.  Everything he’s got, he earned himself, that’s for sure.  He put the hours in, he put the work in.”

BHS grid coach Fred Simon praised his former player.

“It’s a great opportunity for him.  He’s going down there where they’re starting football.  When you go to college you want to go with a chance to play.  You don’t want to go somewhere where you’re going to sit the bench and never get to play.  I think he’s made a good choice there.  It (Bluefield College) is a good staff down there.

“Drew worked hard here, tried, gave it everything he had and my best wishes are for him.”

— Contact Bob Redd at bredd@bdtonline.com

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