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Anthony Simmons
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Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
51
Born June 20, 1976 (1976-06-20) (age 33)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Career information
Year(s) 19982006
NFL Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
College Clemson
Professional teams
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Tackles 595
Sacks 10
Interceptions 9
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Anthony Lamont Simmons (born in June 20, 1976 in Spartanburg, South Carolina) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Clemson.

He also spent some time with the New Orleans Saints.

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High school career

Simmons attended Spartanburg High School where he helped lead them to their first of three straight state championships. Also played alongside two other future Clemson football players Brian Wofford and Harold Means.

College career

In his freshman year at Clemson University in 1995, Simmons earned the starting job at inside linebacker after just five days of practice. He finished the season with 150 tackles, and became the first defensive player ever to be named UPI's national freshman of the year. He also received All-ACC honors.

As a sophomore, Simmons set the Tigers' record for tackles in a season (178) en route to being named All-America, and earning another All-ACC nomination.

Simmons became one of the premier players in the nation as a junior. He led both Clemson and the ACC in tackles (158) and tackles for loss (25) en route to a third-consecutive First-Team All-ACC season. He also led the Tigers in sacks (8).

Professional career

Simmons ran a 4.28 and a 4.34 forty-yard dash for scout Larry Greenlee.[1] His speed was part of the reason Simmons was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He led the Seahawks in tackles in 2000, 2001, and 2003. He was released by the Seahawks after the 2004 season and sat out 2005 due to injury. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints before the 2006 season but ended up retiring before the season started. He finished his career with 591 tackles (455 solo), 10 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 27 pass deflections, nine interceptions for 131 yards, and two touchdowns in just 87 games.

References

  1. ^ Kelly, Steve (2002-08-02) Seattle Times "Speed kills, and Hawks' Simmons backing it up" Retrieved 2009-04-17

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