A to Z with Gene Rodrick


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:00 a.m.

SCHOOL: Oak Hall

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Oak Hall School senior Gene Rodrick.

Erica Brough/Staff photographer

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Center midfield

JERSEY NUMBER: 12

HEIGHT: 6-foot-3

WEIGHT: 195 pounds

Apples or oranges? Apples. I just like apples, they taste better.

Beckham is…: a guy with a great haircut.

Comic book hero I would want to be? Batman, because he has the coolest gadgets.

Dinner on an ideal night?: After a big soccer game, I like going to Subway with my teammates. I order a foot-long chicken breast sandwich.

ESPN’s best program? SportsCenter’s Top 10 Worst Plays.

Field goal or penalty kick.: Field goal, because I missed a penalty kick Tuesday night against Lafayette. Penalty kicks are more difficult.

Gators, Seminoles or Hurricanes? Gators.

Happiest day of my life.: My 18th birthday this past August 30th. I went to Disney World with my friends and family.

Injuries I’ve had: A broken pinkie toe on my left foot, a broken bone in my right foot and a strained Achilles tendon on my right foot from playing both football and soccer.

Joker on team.: Sean Babbs. He is always taking off his shirt in front of the ladies.

Kick or a header for a goal.: Header. It is more intense and gets the crowd going.

Least favorite sports moment: Losing to Tallahassee Maclay in a penalty kick shootout in the regional championship when I was in the eighth grade (2004).

My favorite of the three sports (football, soccer, track and field) I play is …: Football, because it is less running than soccer and track and field.

Nerdiest thing I do: I read Scientific Weekly and I enjoy it.

Obama’s biggest challenge? The recession.

Potential college major: Neuroscience. I’m interested in neurology.

Quiet time activity: Reading.

Rapper I listen to most: Lil’ Boosie.

Story of my life title: “Gene Rodrick. The Epic.”

The real football is ...: soccer (futbol). That is the real football, the whole game is played with your feet.

Universities or colleges considering: Georgetown, Davidson, Washington and Lee, and Cornell.

Vacation spot I love: Sanibel Island. I enjoy searching for shells on the beach.

Weirdest teammate: Leon Cummings. Before football games he talks into his water bottle and pretends that these imaginary creatures called The Aquatics give him their prediction for the game.

Xbox, PlayStation or Wii? Xbox 360 because of “Gears of War 2.”

Year I was born: 1990.

Zoo animal I like most: The piranha, because they’re fierce.

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