Tony Simmons (American football)
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|Date of birth:December 8, 1974|
|Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois|
|High school: Chicago (IL) St. Rita|
|NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52|
|Debuted in 1998 for the New England Patriots|
|Last played in 2002 for the New York Giants|
|Coaching debut in 2010 for the T riangle Razorbacks|
Career NFL statistics
Career CFL statistics
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Tony De'Angelo Simmons (born December 8, 1974) is a former American football player. He is currently head coach of Briganti Napoli, an American football team based out of Naples, Italy. He played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. He has also played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Triangle Razorbacks in Denmark.
Simmons attended St. Rita High School on Chicago's south side. In 1993 he was named Chicago Sun-Times Prep Athlete of the Year for his participation in both football and track. As a senior, Simmons won the state championship in the 100- and 200-meter dash events with times of 10.5 seconds and 21.58 seconds, respectively. He shares a distinction with two other NFL players who also attended both St. Rita and the University of Wisconsin–Madison: former high school and college teammate Ahmad Merritt, and former Chicago Bear Dennis Lick. Simmons and Merritt played against each other and caught touchdown passes in World Bowl IX. In April 2011, Simmons was inducted into the St. Rita High School Hall of Fame.
Simmons played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He left Wisconsin as the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 23 (this record has since been broken by Lee Evans), earning him the nickname "Touchdown Tony" among the Camp Randall faithful. He also competed in track at Wisconsin.
Simmons was drafted into the NFL in the second round (52nd overall pick) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Simmons played five seasons as a pro with the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. He amassed 58 receptions for 998 yards with six touchdowns, averaging 20.8 receiving yards per game. Simmons also had 12 punt/kick returns for 241 yards, averaging 20.1 yards per return.
NFL Europe career
Career in Europe and Asia
In March 2010, Simmons signed with Danish team Triangle Razorbacks. He played wide receiver and served as the team's offensive coordinator and special-teams coach. 
In January 2011, Simmons joined the Hungarian team Békéscsaba Raptors as head coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator, strength/speed coach and wide receiver.
In January 2012, Simmons joined the EFLI (Elite Football of India) to help develop coaches and players as a coaching consultant, coach and referee in the first-ever American football played in India. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator and strength/speed coach.
In April 2012, Simmons joined the Austrian team Amstetten Thunder as head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator and strength/speed coach.
In January 2013, Simmons joined the Italian team Cagliari Crusaders as head coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator and strength/speed coach.
In July 2013, Simmons joined the Brazilian team East São Paulo as head coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator and strength/speed coach.
In November 2013, Simmons agreed to a deal with the Kouvola Indians to serve as their head coach for the 2014 Maple League season. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator, strength/speed coach and coaching consultant.