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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Amon Simon Jr., OT, Texas A&M-Commerce

Amon Simon Jr. TAMU Commerce
Amon Simon Jr. the mauling offensive tackle from Texas A&M-Commerce recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Amon Simon Jr.
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 290 lbs
  • Position: OT
  • College: Texas A&M Commerce
  • Twitter: @__amon4336

Why do you play football?

I’ve always played football. I come from an athletic background with my dad and brothers. My dad played LB at Texas A&M.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team?

I’m one of the leaders on my team. This year will be my 2nd year being voted team captain by my teammates.

What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I have always played LT. I remember trying to throw the ball in little league, but I was quickly put on the offensive line since I was one of the biggest players.

I’ve always had a mobile QB. I’m used to blocking a little longer when I have to. Our O-line coach had a big voice as to which plays we would call. We run the ball a lot and do it very effectively.

Have you participated in any other activities on or off campus?

I take part in The Aurora Initiative which helps students learn how to be entrepreneurs from industry experts.

Our team helped with Hurricane Harvey relief. We set up youth camps teaching kids football. I’ve also volunteered in an elderly home and back in 2017, I remember going to the veteran’s hospital.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

When I was a freshman, I faced Mike Onuha in practice. He’s actually played with the Ravens. Mike was the veteran who had played against the best talent at Oklahoma before transferring here. He had a lot of tricks up his sleeve and was very fast and strong. He broke me in, but I was eventually able to hold my own against him.

Amon recently made our NFL Draft Diamonds Small School Rankings

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

All of my teammates impress me with their work on and off the field. Most scouts already know Ramsey and Kohou who play in our secondary and return kicks.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

When I was coming out of high school, I had several offers from other programs, but I was struggling with my grades and missed out on those opportunities. Texas A&M Commerce took a chance on me, and since then I’ve been named First Team All Conference 2 times and also been an All-American.

How has football helped with real life situations?

It helps you overcome adversity. It teaches teamwork, loyalty and that everything you do is for the person next to you.

What have you been working on in the off-season?

I’ve been focusing on gaining more muscle with my workouts and my change of direction.

If you didn’t play football, what would you be doing?

I would look into being a personal trainer or coach and maybe one day owning my own gym.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would invest, buy property, build up and definitely give back to the community.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite all around athlete would be Kobe Bryant (RIP). I live in Houston and I’m a big Rockets fan. As for a player I model my game after it would be Tyron Smith.

What is one of the best restaurants in your hometown?

Crawfish Shack in Houston, TX

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie would be Friday or Scarface. Without a doubt my favorite actor would probably be Mark Wahlberg.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

I workout more than anything, but I also enjoy customizing shoes.

Who or what motivates you the most?

My family. They’ve always been there for me since day one. They push me to be better. One day, I want to be able to help take care of all of them.

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