No. 5 New York Jets
|Date of birth:September 27, 1988|
|Place of birth: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey|
|High school: Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|Debuted in 2013 for the New York Jets|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Matthew Phillip Simms (born September 27, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets in 2012. He played college football at Tennessee. He is the younger son of former New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms and brother of former NFL quarterback Chris Simms.
Early life and high school
Simms was born in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey to Diana and Phil Simms. His brother, Chris, played quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following an extraordinary career at Ramapo High School. Matt attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey where he played quarterback for three years. During this time he passed for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns. Though the team lost the state championship game his junior year, he was selected as a first team All-State player by the Associated Press. The next year they went undefeated and won the state title. After his senior year he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
After graduating from high school Simms received a scholarship to the University of Louisville. During his freshman year he saw limited action, playing in two games and throwing four passes. Simms then left Louisville to attend El Camino College in Torrance, California. While at El Camino he led the team to its fourth consecutive league title and threw for over 2,000 yards in ten games.
Simms later left El Camino for the University of Tennessee. As a child, he always had a dislike for Tennessee's rival, the University of Florida. During the 2010 season he played in ten games and threw for over 1,400 yards.
New York Jets
Simms received playing time during the preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 17, 2013. He completed all five of his passes for 73 yards. Simms played the following week against the New York Giants completing 6 of his 10 pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown. On August 29, the final preseason contest, Simms started and played the entire game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 33 of his 44 pass attempts for 285 yards.
Simms threw his first career touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland in a Week 11 14-37 loss to the Buffalo Bills. During Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, Simms came in relief of starter Geno Smith in the third quarter; he completed 9 of his 18 passes for 79 yards with an interception and a lost fumble in the Jets' 3–23 loss. Simms appeared in 3 games of the 2013 season and finished the year with 156 passing yards.
Simms, an exclusive rights free agent, was re-signed by the Jets on January 13, 2014. He was released on August 30, 2014 during the team's final roster cuts and signed to the team's practice squad a day later. He was promoted to the active roster on November 1, 2014.
On November 2, Simms entered the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in place of injured Michael Vick.
Simms signed a one-year contract to remain with the Jets on December 30, 2014.
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