Marcello Simmons

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Marcello Simmons
Date of birth: (1971-03-08) March 8, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth: Tomball, Texas
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): DB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90
Drafted by: Cincinnati Bengals
Organizations
As coach:
2003-2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Toronto Argonauts (ST coordinator)
Seattle Seahawks (Asst. HC)
Acadia Axemen (DB coach)
Guelph Gryphons (DB coach)
Edmonton Eskimos (DB coach)
Saint Mary's Huskies (Defensive Coordinator)
As player:
1993-1994
1995
1995-1998
1999
2000
2000-2001
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars
Toronto Argonauts
Edmonton Eskimos
BC Lions
Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards

Marcello Muhammad Simmons (born August 8, 1971 in Tomball, Texas[1]) is a former professional gridiron football defensive back who is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Saint Mary's Huskies.[2] He played for two seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals before playing for seven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Eskimos, and BC Lions. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won twice as a player in 1996 and 1997 and once as a coach in 2004. He played college football for the SMU Mustangs.

College career[edit]

From 1989-1993, Simmons played college football with the SMU Mustangs. Simmons would earn SMU's Most Improved Athlete award in 1992. Simmons later graduated from SMU with a B.A. in Advertising.

Professional career[edit]

During the 1993 NFL Draft, Simmons was selected in the 4th round, 90th overall, by the Cincinnati Bengals. Simmons dressed in all 16 regular season games for the Bengals during the 1993 NFL Season, but only started for two games, both against the Houston Oilers, of the season.[3] The following season, Simmons made no game appearances for the Bengals. In January 1995, Simmons signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was a pre-season cut by the team on August 15.

After being cut by the Jaguars, Simmons signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. In September 1995, midway into the 1995 CFL season Simmons spent his first two weeks on the practice roster but started the last 5 games of the season. In 1996, with Simmons as a starting defensive player with the Argos, the team would go on to win its first of two consecutive Grey Cup championships. In 1999, just days before the start of training camp, Simmons was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos and would remain there for the rest of the season. In 2000, he signed with the BC Lions but was traded back to the Toronto Argonauts midway into the season. Simmons would eventually end his football career with the Argonauts, spending 6 of his 7 CFL seasons with them.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2003, Simmons was named the special teams coach for the Toronto Argonauts. The team would go on to win a Grey Cup championship the following year. Simmons remained as the team's special teams coach until the end of the 2008 season.

On June 4, 2010, Simmons was announced as a new member of the coaching staff for the Acadia Axemen's football team.[4] He served as the defensive backs coach for the University of Guelph Gryphons football team for the 2011.

On January 20, 2012, it was announced that Simmons had returned to coaching professional football by being named the defensive backs coach for the Edmonton Eskimos.[5]

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