Jim Simmons
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Personal information
Born:(1903-04-03)April 3, 1903
Sentinel, Oklahoma
Died:January 16, 1977(1977-01-16) (aged 73)
Elmore City, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Sentinel (OK)
College:Southwestern Oklahoma State
Career history
* Cleveland Bulldogs ( 1927)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL champion ( 1928)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

James Ellington "Jenks" Simmons (April 3, 1903 – January 16, 1977) was an American football back who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Bulldogs and Providence Steam Roller.[1] He played college football at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Sentinel High School in Sentinel, Oklahoma.[2]

College careerEdit

Simmons participated in football, basketball, track and baseball for the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs. He made a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat rival Phillips for the conference title in basketball. He was inducted into the Southwestern Oklahoma State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1963.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Simmons played in twelve games, starting six, for the NFL's Cleveland Bulldogs in 1927.[4] He played in eight games, starting four, for the Providence Steam Roller of the NFL during the 1928 season.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Simmons coached basketball at Northeastern State University for seven years. He later coached basketball at El Reno High School, winning the state championship in 1932, 1933, 1946, 1949 and 1953. His 1933 and 1949 teams were undefeated.[3]


  1. "James Ellington 'Jenks' Simmons". Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  2. "JIM SIMMONS". Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "J. E. "Jenks" Simmons - 1963". Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Jim Simmons". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 10, 2015.

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