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Daily Courier Q&A: Geibel's Mario Ruggieri

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Jason Black | Daily Courier
Left guard Mario Ruggieri is a junior captain for the Geibel football team.
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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mario Ruggieri is a junior and a captain for the Geibel football team. Ruggieri, like many of his teammates, has been asked to play a number of different positions this season. Ruggieri is playing left guard on the offensive line and is diverse enough to play nose tackle or linebacker on defense.

Q: It's been a tough season for the Gators, but are you seeing improvements?

A: Half the team had never played football before this season. They are doing their job, so that is a big improvement right there.

Q: What inspires you to take the field each week?

A: For me, it's the thought of my little sister (Maria) coming and cheering at a football game.

Q: What are you looking forward too during the rest of the season?

A: I'm looking forward to homecoming (Oct. 12, vs. Bentworth). I look forward to every game because there was a chance we wouldn't be playing. We take what we can get and we're thankful for it.

Q: What's the best part about being on the Geibel football team?

A: Just playing on the team and the people on the team. Even if we lose, 81-0, we're still playing with people we like. We're like brothers.

Q: What hobbies do you have?

A: I like to read and play golf. I like to collect things, books, antiques, anything.

Q: What are some of your future plans?

A: I want to go to college and study some form of engineering.

Q: What's your favorite vacation spot?

A: My friend took me to Hawaii, and I'd love to go back.

Q: What's the best advice that someone has given you?

A: My uncle John told me that it doesn't matter what you do, as long as it leaves the world a better place.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: History.

Q: Do you play any other sports?

A: Baseball. I play catcher.

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