Nathan Jimenez, a senior from St. Charles, Mo., is currently in his fourth year as a football manager and member of the SXU cheerleading team. He will be graduating in December 2011 with a degree in Accounting and Management.
Why did you choose to come to Saint Xavier?
Originally, Saint Xavier was not where I was going to go. I was planning on attending Lindenwood University (Mo.) to play football, since it was about 15 minutes away from where I used to live, but then I decided that I didn't want to go to school where everyone I knew from high school would go. So I started looking out of state and Chicago became the first place I looked at. Since my parents are divorced and my dad lives in Tinley Park, I figured going to school in Chicago would work well, because then I could see my dad more often. One day, I got an informational letter in the mail from Saint Xavier, so I decided to look at the school. I eventually decided on Saint Xavier, because it fit what I was looking for. It was a smaller university (not too much bigger than my high school) and it wasn't too far from downtown. Plus, the campus was beautiful.
What are you goals for this season?
As a football manager, I would have to say that my only goal is not to miss filming the opening kickoff of the second half. As for cheerleading, just like on any other team, we want to improve and do better at competitions to get first place again and bring back that trophy.
What do you think you contribute to the Athletic Program?
For the Football program, I provide reliability and accountability. Out of three football managers, I am the only one who is at every practice and every game to do whatever the coaches need. Coaches and players cannot see all the mistakes they are making, so filming at practices allows the coaches to see where the problems are, so they can be fixed during practice which will eliminate the possibility of the same problems happening during games. Because of this, I contribute to the success of our football program. For cheerleading, I bring something different to the team. I bring added strength that was not there before. Because I am physically stronger than the girls on the team, we are able to do more difficult stunts which are appealing to the audience.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Before football games, I make sure everything is set up and working an hour before the game is scheduled to start. Then the rest of time, I'm relaxing and talking with the coaches. Before a cheerleading competition, I go over in my head the routine and what I have to do, while listening to music. I stretch and stay loose, so I don't pull a muscle when I'm stunting or jumping.
Who would you say is your favorite athlete?
Peyton Manning is my favorite athlete. I'm not one of those bandwagon fans. I've admired and have been following Peyton since he was in college at Tennessee. His work ethic is unbelievable. I don't know of another quarterback who watches as much film as he does and who understands the game better than him. His offensive coordinator doesn't even call the plays. Peyton calls every play. The coordinator just gives Peyton a formation to run the play out of. Peyton knows what play to call just by looking at the defense when he is on the field. This obviously works, because he was won a Super Bowl.
What is your involvement on campus?
My involvements on campus are, of course, football and cheerleading. I also used to be a member of SIFE (Student in Free Enterprise), when the organization was here on campus. It is planning on getting started again, so I'm looking forward to that.