Simi Toeaina: It’s great. We’re together before practice, during and after, so it’s really good.
ODE: Do you live with him or any other guys on the team?
ST: No, I live on my own. But friends are always coming around my spot so it’s not too bad.
ODE: What do you do as far as cooking goes?
ST: A lot of rice. Got to have fresh rice every day.
ODE: So what do you like to do outside of football?
ST: Just hang out mostly.
ODE.: All right, well, what about music? What kind of music are you listening to these days?
ST: I listen to a lot of reggae. Obviously Bob Marley and a few others.
ODE: What about movies?
ST: Yeah I like movies. My favorites are Gladiator and 300.
ODE: Now I understand you’ve done some relief work back in Samoa. Tell me a little bit about that.
ST: Yeah. The team organized a food drive for some of the villages back in American Samoa after the tsunami hit. We have quite a few guys on the team that have family there. (The fundraiser raised nearly 18 tons of food, water, and medical supplies for those in need.)
ODE: So now after five years this will finally be your last run out of the Autzen tunnel. What’s that going to be like for you?