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Kickin' back | Andrew Economos

Kickin' back with Bucs long snapper Andrew Economos

Andrew Economos enjoys being an outdoors guy and always likes to try new stuff. One of his favorite pastimes? Fishing.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Andrew Economos enjoys being an outdoors guy and always likes to try new stuff. One of his favorite pastimes? Fishing.

You're playing your hometown team this weekend. Were you a big fan?

Yes, I was a Falcons fan, a Hawks fan, a Braves fan. I probably went to more Braves games than anything.

What about that perception that there's a lot of apathy from Atlanta sports fans? Is that true, and if so, why?

I agree with that. As great as the Braves were for so long, we just couldn't get fans to come out. I think there's a number of things involved. If you've ever been to Atlanta, you know the traffic is a pain. You could say that about any big city, but our public transportation isn't very good. And a lot of people don't realize that Atlanta is full of people from all over the place. Some commute or whatever. Atlanta was so good for the job market that it was constantly growing. Those people are fans of other teams. Actually, it's kind of like being in Florida.

Let's get this out of the way: Being the long snapper has to be the most anonymous job on the roster, no?

I would think so. But I like it that way. It fits my personality. I don't like being out there with my name all over the place. I've done it for a while now, and I've gotten used to all the job entails, on and off the field.

I understand you're a real outdoors guy. What specifically are we talking about?

I like to try new stuff all the time, but fishing is the one thing I've been doing since I can remember. Any time we have a day off, that's what I like to try to get out and do. I just love to be out on the water. I hunt a little bit, but big-game season is always during football season, so I don't get to do that much. I do a little bird hunting in the offseason. But whatever it is, I don't like being inside that much.

So, where do you prefer to fish down here?

I'm still learning. It's a big ol' bay out there. My boat (a 31-foot Fountain) doesn't go into shallow water real well, and most of the spots I do know are for inshore fishing. But when a buddy of mine came in town during the bye week, we went out and we did pretty well. I'm learning.

One of our weekly questions is what's playing most on your iPod?

More than anything, I'd say reggae. It's easy to listen to down in Florida because you don't really want to listen to reggae when it's cold outside. That would be weird. I also have a lot of stand-up comedy stuff on there.

What reggae artists in particular?

Well, first and foremost, Bob Marley. But there's a few others. I really like Matisyahu; he's got real good reggae-rock. Another band is Lee "Scratch" Perry, Steel Pulse — all those guys.

So, do you have a pretty varied taste in music?

In Atlanta, you have an influx of a whole lot of different music. Of course, you have the urban, hip-hop stuff, which is huge. But you also have different local bands that play all kinds of music. I used to go to a jazz club every Wednesday. I love blues, too. That's probably my favorite style of music other than reggae, because everything really comes from that. I'll listen to anything. I like it all.

What Web site do you think you visit most?

I don't stay on the Internet too much. I went to a tech college (Georgia Tech) and everything was done on the Internet, so I guess I got sick of it. But when I am on there, it seems like somebody's always sending me something to go look at on YouTube. That's about it. Other than that, I'm usually on the iTunes store looking up music. I used to have a lot more, but my computer from college crashed and I lost about 6,000 songs.

So, you went to Georgia Tech but majored in business. I'm sure they have a great business school, but what's up with that?

Most people go there to be an engineer. Math was always my best subject, but I didn't want to pigeonhole myself. Management just seemed like a good basis. No matter what job you're in, you need a management background if you want to (be promoted). You have to have those skills. If I didn't play football, I would have majored in architecture. But the workload was just impossible. I'd see students in the studio when I passed by at 2 in the morning. You just can't do that playing football.

Bucs long snapper Andrew Economos never gets recognized, and, frankly, he loves it that way. That makes it easier to enjoy all that reggae on his iPod without being interrupted. And who better to ask about Atlanta's sports apathy than a native?

Fast facts

Andrew Economos

Position: Long snapper

Height, weight: 6-1,

250 pounds

Age: 26

College: Georgia Tech; three-year letterman as long snapper; two-time ACC honor roll member.

Pro: Spent 2005 on Jacksonville practice squad; signed to Bucs practice squad in September 2006; Joined active roster three days later.

Kickin' back with Bucs long snapper Andrew Economos 12/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 15, 2008 2:42pm]
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