When it comes to ACC iron men, it doesn’t get much more Fe than Duke’s Perry Simmons.
Unfortunately, the offensive lineman’s streak will come to an end just as the Blue Devils are set to cap the most successful season in the football program’s history.
Duke announced Sunday that Simmons tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the Blue Devils’ first-ever appearance in the ACC championship game Saturday night. As a result of the injury suffered in the loss to top-ranked Florida State, the senior will not play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M.
“Perry is one of the finest individuals I’ve known in my life,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe in a statement. “He is a tremendous football player and competitor. Also, he is truly the definition of a student-athlete in every sense. We appreciate Perry’s contributions to our program as a player and leader.”
Simmons started 50 straight games for the Blue Devils, earning All-ACC honors in 2012 and 2013. He was also a two-time Academic All-American.
The school also noted in its release that “Simmons was one of 16 recipients for the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award and also received the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award as the league’s top senior football scholar-athlete.”
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