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Northern Arizona Wranglers Sign Offensive Lineman Chris Simon

February 23, 2024 - Indoor Football League (IFL)
Northern Arizona Wranglers News Release

Simon joins the Wranglers for his first season in the Indoor Football League. Simon earned the opportunity to participate in the 2023 Rookie Minicamp for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

Simon spent his collegiate career at the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. Simon was a staple on the offensive line for the Bulldogs during his time playing at South Carolina State. Simon earned a selection for the FCS ALL-Conference Second Team during two seasons. Within the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Simon was also an integral part of the Bulldogs team that won two Conference Championships. The Cricket Celebration Bowl is the MEAC/SWAC National Championship for HBCU Players. Simon helped the Bulldogs won this bowl game during the time that Deion Sanders was the head coach at Jackson State University. Simon also was invited to participate in the HBCU Legacy Bowl, which is an all-star game for players who are NFL draft eligible. Simon showcased his skillset at the HBCU Legacy Bowl, and earned an opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as an invite to the Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp.

Simon also was recognized for an Entrepreneurship Spotlight at South Carolina State for owning his own business. Simon graduated from South Carolina State with his Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Physical Education. Simon is also working towards his master's degree in counseling with a focus on rehabilitation.

Simon is originally from Dalzell, S.C., where he attended Crestwood High School. Simon was originally inspired to play football as a kid by being outside with his brothers and friends where they played the sport during downtime. Simon explained by saying, "It started with just tossing the football around, and then it was backyard football." Simon expanded on this by saying, "Because of my size, the other kids wanted me to have the ball and run with it, I knew I was good at the sport because of my size." Regarding becoming an offensive lineman, Simon stated, "I wanted to make a name for myself through football and I found myself a position that I could play well on an organized team with my size."

Simon explained that his drive to continue playing football all hinges on his love for the game. Simon stated, "I love football, I dream about football and wake up sweating because I want to be on the field. Watching football still gives me goosebumps, I love to watch the guys in the trenches work (on the offensive and defensive lines)." Simon is also extremely grateful for the game and all that he has learned from playing. Simon explained by stating, "I enjoy working hard and having a life with the structure of football in place, I have also made so many connections with other guys through the game." Simon closed his thoughts on his drive by saying, "I didn't think football would take me this far, I am excited to stay focus and continue to carry the professional identity."

When asked about what he is looking forward to about joining the Wranglers, Simon stated, "I am looking forward to being productive and growing as a player, I want to gain more knowledge about the game and new positions on the offensive line." Simon added to this by saying, "I am excited for the opportunity to play and the new level of competition."

What can Wranglers fans expect from Simon on the field? Simon stated, "The fans can expect me to be dominant and all about the Wranglers." Simon also stated, "I am a player who will remain timely, vigilant, accountable, presentable, and I am going to work hard and bring good energy to the fans." Simon is also excited for the opportunity to be a part of community events in Northern Arizona and can't wait to meet Wranglers fans.

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