Matt Simms
No. --     New York Jets
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-27) September 27, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
High School: Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco
Career information
College: Tennessee
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Pass attempts     0
Pass completions     0
Percentage     0
TDINT     0–0
Passing Yards     0
Passer rating     0

Matthew Phillip Simms (born September 27, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets in 2012. He played college football at Tennessee. He is the youngest son of former New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms.[1]

Early life and high schoolEdit

Simms was born in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey to Diana and Phil Simms. His brother Chris, played quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey where he played quarterback for three years.[2] During this time he passed for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns. Though the team lost the state championship game his junior year, he was selected as a first team All-State player by the Associated Press. The next year they went undefeated and won the state title. After his senior year he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[3]


After graduating from high school Simms received a scholarship to the University of Louisville.[4] During his freshman year he saw limited action, playing in two games and throwing four passes. Simms then left Louisville to attend El Camino College in Alondra Park, California. While at El Camino he led the team to its fourth consecutive league title and threw for over 2,000 yards in ten games.[3]

Simms later left El Camino for the University of Tennessee. As a child, he always had a dislike for Tennessee's rival, the University of Florida.[5] During the 2010 season he played in ten games and threw for over 1,400 yards.[6]

During the 2010 season Simms was hampered by injuries to key receivers.[7] He lost the starting job late in the season due to poor performance.[8][9]

Matt Simms' performance was the subject of a widely reported "heated dispute" between Desmond Howard and Phil Simms during the week before Super Bowl XLV.[9]

Professional careerEdit

New York JetsEdit

Simms was signed by the New York Jets on May 6, 2012.[10] He was waived on August 31, 2012.[11] Simms signed a future/reserve contract on December 31, 2012.[12]


  1. Feldman, Bruce (16 December 2009). "Source: Juco QB Simms signs with Vols". Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. Staff. "Matt Simms leading candidate to be starting QB for Tennessee", The Star-Ledger, May 11, 2010. Accessed February 22, 2011. "Simms, a Franklin Lakes resident and graduate of Don Bosco Prep, started his college career at Louisville, but transferred after his freshman year to El Camino, a junior college."
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Matt Simms Player Bio". Tennessee Football. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  4. Holmes, Baxter (2 September 2009). "Matt Simms and Nate Montana take a step back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  5. Segrest, Doug (29 September 2010). "UT's Matt Simms has Super Bowl pedigree -- and a distaste for Gators". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  6. "Matt Simms Profile". ESPN College Football. ESPN. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  7. Hunt, John (6 September 2010). "Oregon football: Tennessee's Matt Simms needs his receivers to get experienced - and fast". The Oregonian. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  8. Smith, Erick (9 April 2010). "Matt Simms looks to be the quarterback at Tennessee as competition quits team". USA Today. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gardner, Tim (5 February 2011). "CBS analyst Phil Simms, Desmond Howard get into 'heated' dispute". USA Today. Retrieved 7 February 201,1.
  10. Vrentas, Jenny (6 May 2012). "Jets sign QB Matt Simms, son of Phil Simms". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  11. Lange, Randy (31 August 2012). "Final 7 Cuts Announced, Roster’s Now at 53". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  12. Jets Media Relations Department (31 December 2012). "Jets Sign 8 to Reserve/Future Contracts". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.

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