Halloween Stadium

What if one could dress up as anyone or anything they would want to for a day? This is certainly possible, as putting on a fancy costume is one of the Halloween traditions that has stood the test of time.

Here’s a better question: what if someone could be any athlete they would want to be for a day?

Georgia State’s athletes likely were influenced to pursue sports by someone they watched on television as a younger kid or maintain their competitive juices by someone they see today.

The Signal had an opportunity to ask several Panther athletes twho would they want to be for a day if they could.

Stella Christoforou: Track and Field/Cross Country

She says if it were a male athlete, she would want to be Kansas City Chiefs football quarterback Aaron Murray. If she could be any female athlete, it would be Emma Coburn of USA Track & Field.

Gaby Moss: Women’s Basketball

She says if she could be any athlete, it would be Sanya Richards˗Ross of USA Track & Field.

J.J. Grey: Golf

“I would want to be Justin Rose for a day. He faced so much adversity early in his career, but kept at it and kept working and believing in himself. He’s a testament to hard work paying off. Plus he is a real class act,” Grey said.

Joel Ruiz: Football

The Panthers’ tight end says he would want to be recently retired football player Tony Gonzalez for a day.

“Tony is one of the greatest tight ends ever, and has been a role model for me because we are both Hispanic,” Ruiz said.

Nick Arbuckle: Football

Arbuckle would want to spend a day as retired NFL great Brett Favre.

“I’ve been a Green Bay Packers fan and a Brett Favre fan ever since I was little. I just love the way he plays the game,” Arbuckle said.

R.J. Hunter: Men’s Basketball

Hunter also went outside of his sport and says he would want to be Brazilian soccer star Neymar, Jr.

“I feel like [Neymar’s] life is like a movie and it would be interesting to see what he goes through,” Hunter said.

Kevin Ware: Men’s Basketball

For the new and nationally˗known transfer from Louisville, his pick would be Maya Moore who played her college basketball under Geno Auriemma at Connecticut and now hoops up for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

“She was the best player in college and is now arguably the best player in the WNBA. Nobody can guard her. On top of that, she is beautiful,” he said.

About Akiem Bailum 285 Articles

Akiem Bailum – Sports Editor Fall 2014 – Spring 2015. Journalism major with a concentration in telecommunications. Class of 2015. Before becoming sports editor at The Signal, Akiem began his writing career at Georgia State in 2012. After a brief absence, he returned to The Signal in 2014.

Akiem has covered Georgia State sports events on site for football, volleyball, basketball and softball games.

His advice for future sports writers is to cover more than major sports and to attend as many events in person as possible.

When away from the court or the field, Akiem’s interests include studying the radio industry.

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