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Encyclopedia > Chris Simms
Chris Simms

Simms posing for a picture with a fan during a Texas Longhorns football team autograph session
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNo. 2
Quarterback
Date of Birth: August 29, 1980 (1980-08-29) (age 27)
Place of Birth: Ridgewood, New Jersey Flag of the United States
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
National Football League Debut
2004 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career Highlights and Awards
  • College - Highest Pass Efficiency (138.4)
Career History
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
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Stats at NFL.com

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High school career

Simms attended Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and was a standout in football and basketball. In football, he was a two-time All-State honoree, and was named the 1998 USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year. Chris Simms graduated from Ramapo High School in 1999. [1] For the school in Rockland County, New York, see Ramapo Senior High School. ... Map highlighting Franklin Lakes location within Bergen County. ...


College career

Simms, who played college football at the University of Texas at Austin, was heavily criticized for putting up big numbers against average or weaker teams, but consistently failing to deliver in big games and throwing interceptions, most notably in games against Big 12 South rival Oklahoma, against whom Simms finished 0-3. In the 2001 contest, he tossed four interceptions in a 14-3 loss. He also had a poor performance against Colorado in the 2001 Big 12 conference championship game where he fumbled and threw four interceptions, the last being returned for a touchdown— all before the close of the first half.[2] He was benched and Major Applewhite replaced him. Had Texas won, they would have played in the Rose Bowl for the national championship. University of Texas redirects here. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma founded in 1890. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[3]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Categories: College athletics conferences ... Major Applewhite Major Applewhite is the Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ...


College statistics

Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards TDs Int Att Yds Avg TD
1999 19 36 223 2 1 11 22 2.0 0
2000 67 117 1,064 8 7 26 -25 -1.0 0
2001 214 362 2,603 22 11 52 -10 -0.2 6
2002 235 396 3,207 26 12 70 -124 -1.8 4
Totals 535 911 7,094 58 21 159 -137 -0.2 10

Accomplishments and records

Despite the media's criticism, Simms managed to break a couple of school records.


Highest Pass Efficiency (Career) - 138.4. (Since eclipsed by Colt McCoy with 161.8)


3rd Best Winning Percentage (Career) - 26-6, 0.812 (Behind Bobby Layne and Vince Young). Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... Vincent Paul Young, Jr. ...


2nd most touchdowns (Career) - 58 (Behind Major Applewhite). Major Applewhite Major Applewhite is the Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. ...


2nd most touchdowns (Single Season) - 26 (Behind Colt McCoy, tied with Vince Young). Daniel Colt McCoy (born September 5, 1986 in Hobbs, New Mexico[2]) is a quarterback for the Texas Longhorn college football team. ... Vincent Paul Young, Jr. ...


2nd most touchdowns (Single Game) - 5 (Behind Colt McCoy, tied with Bobby Layne). Daniel Colt McCoy (born September 5, 1986 in Hobbs, New Mexico[2]) is a quarterback for the Texas Longhorn college football team. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ...


2nd most passing yards in a game (vs Nebraska) - 419 (behind Major Applewhite).[3] Major Applewhite Major Applewhite is the Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. ...


NFL career

2003

Simms was drafted with the last pick of the 3rd round in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the expectation that he would eventually be the successor to Brad Johnson. He was cast 3rd on the Bucs depth chart behind Johnson and former Buccaneers starter Shaun King. Simms sat his entire rookie year without playing a single snap[4]. This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... For others of the same name, see Brad Johnson. ... Shaun Earl King (born May 29, 1977 in St. ...


2004

In 2004, Simms started the season as the 3rd string quarterback again, this time behind Johnson and former Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins starter Brian Griese, but was quickly promoted to backup quarterback after a poor preseason by Griese. Simms saw his first action on September 19th, 2004 against the Seattle Seahawks after a below-average performance by Johnson, coming into the game with 10:32 left in the 2nd quarter. Simms went 21-32 with 175 yards and an interception [5]. Simms received his first start two games later against the New Orleans Saints on October 10th, 2004 after the Bucs started 0-4 and Johnson was benched for his poor performance. Simms went 5-8 for 75 yards but injured his shoulder early in the game and missed three weeks, allowing Brian Griese to secure the position with 3 straight wins. Simms saw occasional action as the backup QB to Griese and started a meaningless final game against the Arizona Cardinals where he threw for 224 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions [6]. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... Brian David Griese (born March 18, 1975 in Miami, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is the son of former NFL great Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins. ... Brian David Griese (born March 18, 1975 in Miami, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is the son of former NFL great Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... For others of the same name, see Brad Johnson. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian David Griese (born March 18, 1975 in Miami, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is the son of former NFL great Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952...


2005

In 2005, Simms was slated on the depth chart as the backup quarterback, behind Griese and ahead of former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Luke McCown. Simms got his first snap of the season after Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas was pushed onto Griese's leg with several minutes left in the game on October 16, 2005. Despite the injury, the Buccaneers prevailed 27-13 in the game in which Griese was lost for the season. Simms performed well, completing 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards [7]. Simms got his first start of the season the following week against a weak San Francisco 49ers squad. While Simms had decent numbers (21-34, 264yds, 1TD, 2INT), his performance was considered poor, as there were many times when he underthrew his receivers, missed open receivers, or incorrectly read the defensive coverage. Simms followed up this performance with about the same performance (25-42, 259, 1TD, 2INT) against the division rival Carolina Panthers, who were considered a much better team than San Francisco. Since these two losses however, Simms has performed better than expected and has a knack for late-game heroics. He led fourth-quarter charges against fellow division rival Atlanta twice, as well as the Washington Redskins. The Redskin game was his best performance of the year as Simms threw for 3 scores as the Buccaneers won 36-35 in a remarkable game. Simms had a much more impressive performance in the rematch against Carolina on the road. The two losses in this stretch were against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, and the Chicago Bears, who were ranked #1 in the league in total defense, and in both of these games, Simms did not throw any interceptions, and was sacked a combined 11 times. He even led Tampa Bay to another fourth-quarter comeback against the Bears but a 29-yard field goal attempt floated wide right giving the Bears a 13-10 victory [8]. Brian David Griese (born March 18, 1975 in Miami, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is the son of former NFL great Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins. ... “Browns” redirects here. ... Luke McCown (born July 12, 1981 in Jacksonville, Texas) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 10th pick of the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech by the Cleveland Browns. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973, in Pampa, Texas) is an American football player for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League; Thomas is a linebacker, and has been with Miami for the eleven seasons he has been in the NFL. He has been selected to the Pro... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football...


Simms led the Buccaneers to their first playoff berth since their Super Bowl victory in the 2002 season. In the rematch vs. the Redskins Simms led Tampa Bay back again from a 17-3 halftime deficit. With the score at 17-10 late in the fourth quarter, Simms hit Edell Shepherd on an apparent 35-yard TD strike. However, Shepherd failed to maintain possession as he hit the ground. Tampa Bay lost 17-10 in a game where Washington gained only 120 yards of offense, the lowest total for a playoff winner in NFL history [9]. Also see: 2002 (number). ...


2006

Chris Simms had played well at the end of the 2005 season, and thusly came into the 2006 season with high expectations around him. However, for no particular obvious reason, Simms's play in the first two weeks was abysmal. In back-to-back games against the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, Simms posted up 45 completions on 82 attempts for 446 yards, but had zero touchdowns and six interceptions. He continued to have several of his passes tipped by defensive linemen. Largely due to his inexplicably poor play, the Bucs scored a mere 3 points in two games.


Simms suffered a season-ending injury in Game 3 of the 2006 schedule. On Sunday, September 24, he was taken off the field after taking hard hits from the Carolina Panthers defense. Simms returned to the game and even led a successful scoring drive, but remained in physical distress and was taken to a nearby hospital after the game. Tests revealed a ruptured spleen, and Simms immediately underwent emergency surgery. In the aftermath, Simms said he lost five pints of blood before the operation and conceded that another 45 minutes without treatment could have been fatal. Though not proven, it has been suggested that the injury was caused by an illegal hit from Al Wallace who was later fined by the NFL[10]. Simms has become a spokesman in the Tampa area for blood donations[11]. The injury ended Simms's season. Playing on a one-year/$2.1 million contract signed before the season, Simms was eligible for free agency for 2007 and was expected to be in demand. City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... The spleen is an organ located in the abdomen, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holding a reservoir of blood. ... Al Wallace (born March 25, 1974 - ) is a defensive end currently playing for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


2007

On December 27, 2006, Simms announced that he had signed a two-year extension to remain with the Buccaneers with the expectation that he would start. Due to complications from his recovery and the performance of Jeff Garcia in mini camp, At the beginning of the season, Simms was expected to serve as a backup to Garcia [12], but he is currently listed as the fourth string quarterback due to the better play of Bruce Gradkowski and Luke McCown.[13]. On October 9, Simms was place on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season. [14] Jeffrey Jason Garcia (born February 24, 1970 in Gilroy, California) is a Mexican American professional quarterback currently employed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


NFL statistics

Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Percentage Yards TDs Int Rating Att Yds Avg TD
2003 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0
2004 42 73 57.5% 467 1 3 64.1 7 14 2.0 0
2005 191 313 61.0% 2,035 10 7 81.4 19 31 1.6 0
2006 58 106 54.7% 585 1 7 46.3 4 7 1.8 1
Totals 291 492 59.1% 3,087 12 17 71.2 30 52 1.7 1

Personal life

Simms married Danielle Marie Puleo, whom he first met in high school, in August 2004 [15]. In 2006, Danielle gave birth to a baby girl Sienna Rose [16].


His younger brother, Matt Simms, is a freshman quarterback at the University of Louisville. The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ NFL.com High School Profile
  2. ^ 2001 Big 12 Title Game, Revisited
  3. ^ "Individual Passing Records" (PDF), MackBrown-TexasFootball.com, December 2006. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. 
  4. ^ Chris Simms Team Bio
  5. ^ St. Pete Times
  6. ^ Chris Simms Team Bio
  7. ^ Buccaneers' Team Website
  8. ^ Buccaneers' Team Website
  9. ^ FOX Sports
  10. ^ Bucs Beat
  11. ^ YouTube Video
  12. ^ ESPN Gruden Hitches Future to Garcia
  13. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/teams/depth?team=tam
  14. ^ http://www.buccaneers.com/news/newsdetail.aspx?newsid=6055
  15. ^ NYT Wedding Accouncements
  16. ^ St. Pete Times

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Preceded by
Major Applewhite
University of Texas Quarterback
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Chance Mock
Preceded by
Brian Griese
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Starting Quarterbacks
2005-2006
Succeeded by
Jeff Garcia

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