On the football field, he’s a sprint champion with shoulder pads, a blend of muscle and speed that is hard to contain.
And that’s only part of what Andrew Simon has to offer.
“The biggest difference between this year and last year,’ Germantown Academy coach Matt Dence said of the star receiver, “is his ability to go up and make the play. He’s a natural route runner with an extra gear. And what was special about this season was how he really grew into a leadership role.’
Simon’s growth as both a performer and a leader helped propel the senior to the Division 1 level, as the Patriot standout and Lansdale native spent National Signing Day by inking his letter of intent to attend Georgetown University next year.
“It’s really exciting to take the next step,’ said Simon, who led the Patriots with 23 receptions this past fall, including five for scores. “I’m happy that I have another four years to continue doing what I love.’
Simon was a four-year letterwinner in both football and track, and, as an 11-year member of the Ambler Olympic Club, he qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 200-meter dash.
His tremendous work ethic in both sports has greatly amplified his success.
“He was always a hard worker, but as a senior, he took it up a notch,’ Dence said. “He’s always the first one to practice and the last one to leave. And as a leader, he knows when to get after his teammates a little bit. I think he’ll fit in well down there (at Georgetown). He’s a good student, already feels comfortable with the people down there, and loves football.’
For Simon, Dence serves as the human link to Georgetown. Dence is a former wide receivers coach with the Hoyas, and, during his time as a staff member on several collegiate football teams on the East Coast, he mentored 15 players who earned All-League or All-America honors during their playing time.
While at Yale, Dence, who also coached the tight ends for two years, mentored All-American Nate Lawrie, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004.
He’s thrilled about the opportunity Simon has in front of him.
“It’s a great school, great program. It’s super close and I think he feels comfortable there,’ the coach said. “It’s a high level of academics, and that can be a life changer.’
Wednesday provided Simon an important decision, and he’s now headed to Georgetown. By the time late afternoon rolled around, he was busy running and soon after hitting the weights. He’s poised for one final spring at GA.
“Hopefully, success on the football field will carry onto the track,’ the senior said. “I’m ready for some fast times.’
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