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Desmond Howard, Phil Simms almost get in Super Brawl at event


If you’re a serious, well known college football analyst (thus excluding JT and myself), you better not be talking smack about Phil Simms‘ son, Matt Simms, because the CBS color analyst and former New York Giants quarterback will fight you.

Or, at least, threaten.

That’s something former Michigan receiver and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard found out at a NFL Xperience event earlier today. To clarify, Howard had said some less-than-flattering comments about Matt’s performance at Tennessee this season. When Simms and Howard crossed paths at the event, apparently Simms was ready to throw down.

Naturally, after the altercation, Howard tweeted the events.

At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him “LET’S GO!”

I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!

During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said “u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC” That’s what Phil did not like.

It ended w/police stepping in between so I could continue my appearance w/fans.

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair if we reported only half the testimony. In his own statement not over a social media platform, Simms said the following:

“Desmond and I were having a private conversation that became heated,” Simms said. “But at no time was there ever a chance of any physical confrontation, or that I felt the police officer assigned to me by the event planners for my appearance needed to separate the two of us.”

To put some perspective on this, I’ve met Howard — albeit briefly — but I can tell you he will let you know what’s on his mind and he won’t apologize for it.

Media personalities say a lot of things that are going to offend someone, and while Simms has every right to stick up for his son, sometimes you just have to let it go.

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11 Responses to “Desmond Howard, Phil Simms almost get in Super Brawl at event”
  1. bittersmuggs says: Feb 5, 2011 7:56 PM

    The Vols were 2-6 with Matt Simms as the starting QB and won 4 straight after he was benched for a TRUE FRESHMAN.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Feb 5, 2011 8:59 PM

    I think Desmond has every right to voice his opinion while serving in the role of an analyst. However most of us have enough common sense to have a little sensitivity in the presence of a man if the subject is his wife or kids, regardless of the veracity of our statements. Like you, I also have met Desmond and I can assure you for a bright guy, he is lacking a little in the social graces. The fact that he chose to tweet about it rather than deescalate the matter tells volumes. Also, as good an athlete as Desmond was, one thing I also know, he wasn’t exactly known for being a killer. For his sake he ought to be glad the issue didn’t escalate.

  3. goldtoothbiscuits says: Feb 5, 2011 9:55 PM

    I think DH was just telling it like it is–in regards to his comments about Matt Simms

  4. lbijake says: Feb 5, 2011 10:22 PM

    Your son sucks as a qb. Meet me behind the Giants hospitality tent.


    Michael Strahan.

  5. thatdude32 says: Feb 5, 2011 11:45 PM

    Larry Smith of Vandy John Brantley and whoever else played QB for Florida (atleast this season)and Jordan Jefferson i just named 5 that played worse than Matt Simms so Mr.Howard needs to do his homework

  6. centexhorn says: Feb 6, 2011 3:35 AM

    He is an overbearing football father. We all know the type. I feel sorry for his sons for having all that pressure put on them. It’s like he can’t accept the fact that they’re not going to duplicate the success he had in the sport. They’re trying so hard to please him, but now he’s made his son’s shortcomings front page news. How many people heard Desmond Howard say that originally? Definitely not as many as will know about his statement now.

  7. tbdevilrayfan says: Feb 6, 2011 7:48 AM

    Come on…. Really? He felt threatened?
    Desmond, does yellow make you sad… you Jackwagon!

  8. stairwayto7 says: Feb 6, 2011 9:34 AM

    If you are the first person who has to complain about something to some one, espicaly by TWEETING, You are NOT A MAN and are afraid!

  9. outlawjerseywhales says: Feb 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Desmond Howard should risk his liberty and, in due course, his career over his opinion by engaging in a physical altercation with Simms, who in his job I’m sure, has never had anything negative to say about any player?
    (His name is Simms. Not Gruden.)

    If it came down to blows, Desmond Howard would mop the floor with Phil Simms shirt. Unfortunately for Phil, his back would still be in it!

  10. thatdude32 says: Feb 6, 2011 1:31 PM

    its obvious none of you ignorant homers do any homework on football you just make stupid a** comments without facts to base it on,i would suggest you know what you are talkin about before you say somethin that makes you sound like you just got off LD bus.just pitiful

  11. gatorfan1 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:37 PM


    Dude what are you on????

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