Jason Simmons

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Jason Simmons
No. --     Free Agent
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-03-30) March 30, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137
Debuted in 1998 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Pac-10 (1997)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Jason Lawrence Simmons (born March 30, 1976 in Inglewood, California) is an American football strong safety who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.

College career[edit]

He was a 4-year letterman for Arizona State University, earning second-team All-Pacific-10 honors as a senior.

Charity work[edit]

In 2007, the Texans signed Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green to a four-year contract.[1] Green had worn the uniform number 30 throughout his career, but on the Texans, that number had been assigned to Simmons since 2002.[1] Green offered to purchase the right to use the number from Simmons, but Simmons instead devised a plan where he would give Green the number in exchange for his help in purchasing a home for a needy family.[1] Green contributed $25,000 to the cause, Simmons added $5,000 of his own, and Texans owner Bob McNair chipped in a further $25,000.[1] After soliciting applications, the players selected Regina Foster, a 37-year-old single mother whose seven-year-old son Reggie was afflicted with autism.[1] With their help, Foster purchased a $100,000 home near Reggie's school, and area businesses made additional contributions, such as groceries, furniture, electricity, and phone and internet service.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Garber, Greg. "Players parlay a jersey trade into a single mom's dream", ESPN.com, published November 21, 2007, accessed November 25, 2007.