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Corey Simon
Corey Simon DF-SD-07-04212 crop.JPG
Simon in August 2004
Position(s)
Defensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
90, 96, 97
Born March 2, 1977 (1977-03-02) (age 32)
Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
Career information
Year(s) 20002007
NFL Draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College Florida State
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 95
Tackles 194
Sacks 32.0
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Corey Jermaine Simon (born March 2, 1977 in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA) is a retired American football defensive tackle of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles sixth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans in his career before retiring during the 2007 season.

Simon was selected to one Pro Bowl in his career, in 2003.

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Early years

Corey Simon attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. As a senior, he was the Miami Herald's defensive player of the year, named to the All-USA squad by USA Today, and a Super Prep Dream Team selection.

College career

From 1996 through 1999 Simon played college football for the Florida State Seminoles where he was considered to be the most dominating defensive lineman in college football. In his senior season, Simon was a Consensus All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection and was a Finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He ended his career at FSU by helping his team win a national championship. His 44 tackles behind the line of scrimmage tied the school career-record first set by Ron Simmons.

Professional career

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Philadelphia Eagles

From 2000 until 2005, Simon was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, starting in four NFC Championship games during his tenure with the team. Unfortunately, Philadelphia only reached the Super Bowl once during these years, losing Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots, 24-21. After the 2004 season, the Eagles placed the franchise tag on Simon, which he refused to sign. After contract negotiations failed to produce a long-term deal, the Eagles lifted the franchise tag, making Simon an unrestricted free agent.

Indianapolis Colts

Simon signed with the Indianapolis Colts, for whom he played the entire 2005 season. In 2006, Corey underwent surgery, was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform / Non-Football Injury list during training camp, and did not play in any games. He did not attend Super Bowl XLI with other inactive players, and was not invited to the Super Bowl ring ceremony in June 2007.

On August 1, 2007, Colts owner Jim Irsay stated that Corey's release from the team was imminent once a settlement could be reached. The team announced Simon's termination on Saturday, August 4, 2007.

Tennessee Titans

On August 28, 2007, the Tennessee Titans signed Simon.

Retirement

On October 25, 2007, Corey Simon announced that he was retiring from Pro Football after eight seasons in the NFL because of polyarthritis.

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