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Son of Simms heading to Vols

According to a report by ESPN‘s Bruce Feldman, the son of New York Giants star Phil Simms will be headed to Knoxville to continue his collegiate football career.

Matt Simms, who’s also the brother of former Texas quarterback Chris Simms, has signed a letter of intent to play at Tennessee, Feldman reports.

Simms played at El Camino College this season after transferring from Louisville this past January.  The quarterback transferred from the Cardinals after Steve Kragthorpe failed to anoint him as the starter ahead of spring practice.

Today is the first day JUCO players can sign letters of intent with four-year schools. [Writer’s Note: A previous version of this story described Phil Simms as an NFL Hall of Famer.  He’s not.  And you could’ve won a good chunk of money betting me on that fact.  Which brings up another troubling point: why the hell isn’t Phil Simms in the Hall of Fame?]

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  1. leatherneck says: Dec 16, 2009 3:04 PM

    JUCO = junior college.
    Thanks, Wikipedia.

  2. Seeryer says: Dec 16, 2009 3:09 PM

    Chris was supposed to be the greatest QB ever and he has sucked ever since I first saw him play. Something tells me this Simms will be the same story. Maybe there was a reason Dad went to Morehead St.

  3. 515geo says: Dec 16, 2009 3:36 PM

    Phil has not made the Hall of Fame, yet. I think he deserves it but still has not made it.

  4. Terry says: Dec 16, 2009 4:34 PM

    Another Simms bust on the horizon!

  5. brasho says: Dec 16, 2009 4:58 PM

    Chris Simms’s biggest problem was his decision to play at Texas under noted QB anti-guru Mack Brown. Brown has done less for more talented QBs than any NCAA coach in history. From Oscar Davenport and Chad May at UNC to Simms, Chris Young, and Colt McCoy, these guys have struggled to make or succeed at the NFL level because of poor coaching in college.
    Matt Simms picking Louisville was a terrible move from the start. Between Brian Brohm, Hunter Cantwell, and Stefan LeFors, the Louisville contingent have been even less impressive in the NFL.

  6. 515geo says: Dec 16, 2009 10:02 PM

    Mr. Taylor, It shocks me that as a sports writer you would not retract your statement about Phil Simms being a Hall of Famer.

  7. casey says: Dec 16, 2009 10:21 PM

    brasho: So Colt McCoy is already an NFL bust? Can you tell me tomorrows lottery numbers?

  8. pk34 says: Dec 16, 2009 11:10 PM

    brasho—I can tell how much you know about mack brown and his quarterbacks by the fact that you don’t even know Vince Young’s name or that Colt McCoy isn’t even in the NFL yet. Chris Simms struggled in college and in the pros because he makes poor decisions when he’s throwing. It was one of Brown’s worst decisions to start him instead of Applewhite.

  9. horns_05 says: Dec 16, 2009 11:27 PM

    @brasho – Simm’s biggest problem was Simms. Major Applewhite had to bail him out on many an occasion, and THAT had nothing to do with coaching.
    Too bad Major wasn’t 6’2″, because his heart was far bigger than Simms and that’s what matters.
    And since when is it a college coaches job to ensure an NFL career? Their job is to win games and that’s plenty big enough of a job.

  10. chemicalxv says: Dec 17, 2009 4:10 AM

    Stefan LeFors couldn’t even cut it in the CFL

  11. dotbo says: Dec 17, 2009 9:46 AM

    Phil Simms was known to threaten Mack Brown with pulling his kid when he didn’t start over Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Major Applewhite. Hilarious. I would have told that guy to pound sand. Chris Simms was all physicality, no talent.

  12. shea801 says: Dec 17, 2009 11:40 AM

    Like dotbo said, it was a strong rumor/well known at the time that Phil was pulling strings at Texas to get his kid to start over Major Applewhite. I wouldn’t call it hilarious, I would call it tragic. Applewhite was awesome. And I hate Texas. But Applewhite absolutely deserved to keep his starting job. Chris Simms was awful compared to him, and it was ludicrous to think Brown pulled Applewhite because he was going with the bigger talent. How Simms is still in the NFL is nothing short of astonishing. He’s never been successful. Talk about riding your fathers coat tails.
    Then again, when your father is bullying people to open doors for you, who wouldn’t turn that down?

  13. 515geo says: Dec 17, 2009 1:04 PM

    Agreed, I do not know why he has not been even mentioned when they start there countdown list for the Hall. Well, I know how he played and to me he was a great quarterback. Thanks for the retraction. You REALLY didn’t know?

  14. Great Smoky says: Dec 18, 2009 11:33 AM

    I remember Chris Simms delcaring on ESPN that he was going to attend Tennessee. That didn’t last long. Why worry about what Matt Simms says IN RE: UTK? Wait until he actually shows up for class.
    Phil Simms is not in the HOF because he doesn’t deserve to be. He was a good QB, but so were Brian Sipe, Lynn Dickey, Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jim McMahon, etc.

  15. 515geo says: Dec 18, 2009 1:11 PM

    Great Smokey, Besides Jim McMahon, and please look at there stats, did any of the other QB’s win a Superbowl, set a completion record in the Superbowl. McMahon had the best defense to ever play the game not to mention one of the greatest running backs. So please, before you run your mouth, look at the career stats and what the team they were on did. Thanks

  16. Great Smoky says: Dec 18, 2009 7:12 PM

    As a matter of fact, Ken Anderson set the Super Bowl record for completions and completion percentage. The records that Simms broke belonged to Anderson. Anderson was NFL MVP during his Super Bowl season. The following year he set an NFL record for completion percentage (which still stands, I believe). He also set NFL records for consecutive pass completions and single game completion percentage (since broken by Testaverde), and led the NFL in passing four times. He has been nominated for the hall many times, and has been a finalist. I think you can make a case for Anderson at least as easily as you can for Simms.
    Peyton Manning is pursuing the all-time consecutive wins record for a QB: that record is held by Jim McMahon. When McMahon was stupidly traded by the Bears he held not only the consecutive wins record, but had the highest passer rating in NFL history, better than Steve Young, better than Joe Montana. As Buddy Ryan said, the Bears had the best defense and the best running back in the NFL for years, and were losers: they got Jim McMahon and became champions. Surely Simms was helped by Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, etc.?
    (Walter Payton, by the way, was not one of the greatest running backs: he was far and away the best football player ever, period.)
    Anderson and Boomer Esiason were Pro Bowlers who earned Super Bowl berths, both losing narrowly to the 49ers. One more touchdown by the Bengals in each of those games and they would both be Super Bowl winners.
    Sipe and Dickey were Pro Bowlers. Sipe was an NFL MVP, while Dickey still holds Packers records for most passing yards in a game and in a seaon (not Favre).
    I still don’t think any of these guys are HOF material, though. HOF means “great,” not “very good.”

  17. 515geo says: Dec 19, 2009 10:39 AM

    Besides McMahon, you did not answer the QUESTION, who won a Super Bowl. We all know that is how you are judged.

  18. Great Smoky says: Dec 20, 2009 8:32 AM

    Actually, championship credentials are merely one criterion for judgement regarding Hall of Fame inclusion. Many players never sniff a title, but become HOFers. It is the ultimate individual accomplishment in pro football, hence team performance is not especially important.
    You seem to be attempting to make a case that Simms belongs in the Hall. Your argument has failed to convince me. You wanted a statistical rundown, which I provided. It is what it is.
    Phil Simms’ early years were as injury-marred as McMahon’s, but far less consistent. Simms was a loser, whereas McMahon was a winner. McMahon was a leader, whereas Simms was benched a couple of times. Simms’ later years were when he made his name. His post-football career has been uninspiring: he is one of the worst announcers in football.
    Simms is not worthy of the Hall of Fame. He was an up-and-down player who had some good years and won two titles (one of which came via a championship game he did not play in). His performance was simply too inconsistent, and his legacy is too feeble, to merit induction. His resumé needs to say more than “had a good game against the (then) laughingstock Broncos.”
    By your reasoning players such as Brad Johnson, Joe Theismann, Earl Morrall, Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, Eli Manning, Drew Bledsoe and Jim McMahon should be in the Hall, since you claim that the first and only criterion for induction is winning a Super Bowl. Do you include pre-SB-era title games in this equation? Then add Billy Wade to the list.
    The point of this post is that Matt Simms is going to the Vols. I said it didn’t matter what he said because Chris Simms said the same thing, live on national TV (on Jim Rome’s show I believe). If Chris Simms is a liar, then Matt Simms might be as well. Like I said before, I’ll believe Matt Simms is a Vol when he shows up for class.

  19. 515geo says: Dec 20, 2009 9:09 AM

    So you still did not answer my question about who has won a Superbowl out of the people you mentioned. Lots of stats but I gues you are a shutin who was so far advanced with electronics that you were able to see all of these guys play. Amazing. Anyway your Tenn. bias comes through loud and clear and if I were any kid getting recruited I would do the same. Remember, these players are used as well as the players using the Universitys. I figured you would understand this but I guess with all of your superhuman knowledge you can’t figure that out. Also, love the way they treated Fulmer at the end. Class act. Enjoy the Kiffin guy until you get recruiting violations up the you know wher. Have a Merry Christmas. By the way, all knowing, when do you think Santa will reach my house.

  20. Great Smoky says: Dec 20, 2009 10:05 AM

    Fulmer got what he deserved. He cut Johhny Major’s throat and what comes around goes around. Kiffin is a treasure and I love the fact that he is coach of the Vols. I expect Tennessee to do very well for years to come. Despite not quite beating Florida they brought the entire house of cards down in Gainseville, and reduced the Gators to crying bitches.
    However, I am a Crimson Tide fan.
    I did watch all the players I listed play, except for Morrall and Wade: my knowledge of the last two comes not from electronics, but books.
    Merry Christmas to you in return!

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