The Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award is presented yearly to the most outstanding high school football player in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The award was created in 1931 by Dr. D. M. Nigro and continued until Dr. Nigro's death in 1976. The award was reinstated by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Simone as a tribute to their 12-year-old son Tommy. The award is selected by a vote of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA), head coaches in the metro area and selected media members.
It is one of the Simone Awards presented annually to players, coaches and broadcasters for their outstanding contributions to high school football in the Kansas City area
The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association, as well as select area media members, are responsible for the administration of the Thomas A. Simone Award and the other awards presented annually as part of the Simone Awards.