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Brian Simmons
No. 56, 51     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-06-21) June 21, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth: New Bern, North Carolina
High School: New Bern High School
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 1998 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 2007 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2007
Games played     137
Games started     118
Tackles     748
Quarterback sacks     24.0
Interceptions     11
Fumbles recovered     8
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Brian Eugene Simmons (born June 21, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and earned All-American honors. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals 17th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Bengals and New Orleans Saints of the NFL.

Early yearsEdit

Simmons was born in New Bern, North Carolina. He attended New Bern High School, where he was a letterman in high school football, basketball, baseball, and track for the New Bern Bears.

College careerEdit

Simmons attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and played for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team from 1994 to 1997. As a senior in 1997, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American after receiving first-team honors from Football News, the Associated Press, and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

He was drafted by the Bengals in the 1998 NFL Draft where he played nine seasons with them. Simmons missed all but one game of the 2000 season because of injury.

In 2001, the Bengals started the season 1-0. They faced the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for their second game. Right before the halftime, the Ravens were driving downfield. They were on the goaline, and threw into the endzone. Brian Simmons' made one of his greatest plays in his career by picking off the pass, which lead to Cincinnati's 21-10 win.

In 2003, the 1-4 Bengals were down 0-7 against the Ravens. With the Ravens about to score again, Simmons sacked rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, which forced a fumble, and led to Jon Kitna's 45-yard touchdown pass on third down. The Bengals won 34-26. A week later, the Bengals were 2-4 and were protecting a 27-24 lead against the Seattle Seahawks in the last six minutes. Simmons deflected a Matt Hasselbeck pass at the Cincinnati 34, then deflected another at the 24, which was intercepted by cornerback Jeff Burris to win the game.

In 2004, for the home season opener, the Bengals were down against the Miami Dolphins 0-3 at halftime. Three minutes into the second half, Simmons intercepted an A.J. Feeley pass and took it 50 yards for the Bengals only score of the game. It allowed Carson Palmer to get rolling and drive downfield to set up Shayne Graham's game-winning field goal.

On February 28, 2007, Simmons was released from the Bengals.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On March 6, 2007 he signed with the Saints. [1]. On March 1, 2008 the Saints released Simmons after the acquisition of Jonathan Vilma.

Post careerEdit

On June 1, 2009, Simmons was named the Northeast regional scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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