Phillip Sims
Sims during his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-15) August 15, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Chesapeake, Virginia
Career information
College: Winston-Salem State
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Arizona Cardinals ( 2015)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2012 BCS National Champion

Phillip Sims (born August 15, 1992) is an American football coach and former player. He played college football at Alabama, Virginia and Winston-Salem State. After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Sims was signed by the Arizona Cardinals. He also played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 2017, Sims was named the head football coach at John Marshall High School.

Early yearsEdit

Sims attended Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia where he graduated in 2010. Sims was one of the top recruits coming out of high school and was a five star recruit.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Phillip Sims
[[Chesapeake, Virginia]] Oscar F. Smith High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 15, 2009 
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Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (QB)   Rivals: 2 (QB), 2 (VA Rank)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

Alabama Crimson TideEdit

Coming out of high school Sims committed to play football for Alabama. Sims sat out for his true freshman season in 2010 to redshirt. In 2011 Sims split time with AJ McCarron and played in eight different games.[2] Sims was a member of the team that won the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

Virginia Cavaliers Edit

Sims transferred to Virginia from Alabama in May 2012 because he did not win the starting job and was granted a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately due to his father’s health situation.[3] He appeared in all 12 games during the 2012 season throwing for 1,263 yards with 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.[4]

Winston-Salem State RamsEdit

Sims transferred to Winston-Salem State from Virginia in 2013 after being ruled academically ineligible at Virginia. Sims was forced to sit out for the 2013 season due to transfer rules. In 2014 Sims played in all 11 games. Splitting time at QB, Sims was team’s leading passer completing 118-of-198 passes for 1,560 yards and 15 TDs with just 4 INTs.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On May 2, 2015, after going undrafted, Sims was invited to an Arizona Cardinals' rookie camp on a tryout basis.[5] On May 10, 2015, Sims was signed by the Cardinals.[6] On September 4, 2015, Sims was waived from the Cardinals' roster as part of their roster cuts to 53 players.[7]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On January 4, 2016, Sims signed a futures contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[8] On April 28, 2016, Sims was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after less than a year with the team.[9]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

On June 6, 2016, Sims was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[10]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2017, Sims was named the head football coach at John Marshall High School in Virginia.[11]


  1. "Phillip Sims". 247 Sports. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  2. "14 - Phillip Sims". Alabama Athletics. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Phillip Sims - QB#1". Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  4. "14 - Phillip Sims". Virginia Athletics. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  5. Matt Zenitz (May 2, 2015). "Tracking where Alabama players land as undrafted free agents". Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  6. Kent Somers (May 11, 2015). "Arizona Cardinals sign quarterback Phillip Sims, 2 others". AZCentral Sports. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  7. "Report: Phillip Sims among Cardinals cut Friday". Arizona Sports. September 4, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  8. Inabinett, Mark (January 4, 2016). "Nick Perry, Phillip Sims among players signing NFL reserve/future contracts on Monday".
  9. Condotta, Bob (April 28, 2016). "Seahawks waive Phillip Sims, one of only two quarterbacks on roster". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  10. Inabinett, Mark (June 6, 2016). "Saskatchewan Roughriders trying another former Alabama quarterback". Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  11. Kolenich, Eric (April 28, 2017). "Former Virginia, Alabama QB Phillip Sims becomes John Marshall’s coach". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved June 26, 2017.

External linksEdit

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