Jason Simmons

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Jason Simmons
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. 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.