Simon was probably a political activist in his younger years. Why would Jesus choose someone with this background?
“It is amazing that Jesus would select a man like Simon to be an apostle. But he was a man of fierce loyalties, amazing passion, courage, and zeal. Simon believed in the truth and embraced Christ as his Lord.
There is some speculation about what happened to Simon. Tradition says that after preaching on the west coast of Africa, Simon went to England where he ended up being crucified in 74 AD.