10 Questions With an Athlete: Casey Peckio, Soccer


Photo credit/ Katlynn Whitaker

Photo credit Katlynn Whitaker

John Ferraro, Sports Editor

Casey Peckio 

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown: Midland Park, N.J.

When did you first start playing soccer?

I probably started playing in first grade. I started picking it up when my friends started picking it up. I just stuck with it.

What is your favorite part about playing soccer?

You can correct your mistakes quicker than other sports. I was primarily a baseball player and mistakes would sit with me. But with soccer, you can correct a mistake as fast as you make one.

Who is your favorite soccer player and why?

Andrea Pirlo. He currently plays on New York City FC. He is just so classy about the way he plays. I respect his work ethic. It is something I strive to have.

What do you think about the Sepp Blatter controversy?

It’s a shame. It’s the most watched sport worldwide, so you would hope there is a clean aspect to soccer. Sepp Blatter is tainting the clean aspect of it.

What is the biggest challenge you face playing soccer?

It’s definitely my height. I was skinnier and shorter than the rest of the kids. Even when I did gain muscle, the other kids were still bigger than me. It was just about working harder at that point.

What is the biggest difference between playing in high school and playing in college?

I would say the gap in work ethic between some of the players. In high school some kids see it as a joke and give up, but in college everybody is here is play.

What is your biggest strength on the field and why?

I would just say it’s my ability to find some way to work harder than my opponent. I make sure that I try my hardest every game.

Which soccer player would you least like to face and why?

I would say Pepe from Real Madrid and Diego Costa fromChelsea. Both players have a really dirty style and I don’t respect that.

What has soccer taught you about life?

It taught me that you need a supporting role in anything that you do. You always need somebody to rely on, because you cannot take on everything at once.

What do you plan on doing after Marywood?

I definitely see myself pursuing a career in graphic design.I’m currently involved with a skateboard company. As strange as it sounds, I want to work with something “hipster.” A designer in graphic design is what I want to do.
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