Corey Simon

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Corey Simon
Corey Simon DF-SD-07-04212 crop.JPG
Simon in 2004
No. 90, 97, 96
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-03-02) March 2, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Boynton Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Pompano Beach (FL) Ely
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 2000 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 2007 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 95
Tackles 194
Quarterback sacks 32.0
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Corey Jermaine Simon (born March 2, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for Florida State University (FSU), earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. The Philadelphia Eagles chose him with the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.

Early years[edit]

Simon was born in Boynton Beach, Florida.[1] He attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he played for the Ely Mighty Tigers high school football team. 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[edit]

Simon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 1996 to 1999. He was considered to be the most dominating defensive lineman in college football. Following his senior season, Simon was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[2] He was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He ended his career at FSU by helping his team win a BCS National Championship. His 44 tackles behind the line of scrimmage tied the Seminoles' career record set by Ron Simmons.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the first round (sixth pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Eagles from 2000 until 2005. He started in four NFC Championship games during his six seasons with the Eagles. Philadelphia 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[edit]

Simon signed with the Indianapolis Colts, for whom he played the entire 2005 season. In 2006, Simon 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. He was once coined "the missing piece to the Super Bowl puzzle".

On August 1, 2007, Colts owner Jim Irsay stated that Simon'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[edit]

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

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2000 PHI 16 52 38 14 9.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2001 PHI 16 47 36 11 7.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2002 PHI 14 40 33 7 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2003 PHI 16 40 32 8 7.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2004 PHI 16 32 26 6 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 IND 13 34 25 9 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2007 TEN 4 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 95 246 190 56 32.0 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Retirement[edit]

On October 25, 2007, Corey Simon announced that he was retiring from Pro Football after eight seasons in the NFL because of polyarthritis.[4] He is residing in Centerville, Florida, a northeastern suburb of Tallahassee.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corey Simon". NFL. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  2. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Corey Simon Stats". ESPN Internet Vnetures. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Walker, Teresa M (October 26, 2007). "Titans' Corey Simon announces retirement". USA TODAY. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Simon fails physical exam". Indianapolis Star. July 31, 2007. 

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