Tony Simmons (American football)

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Tony Simmons
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-08) December 8, 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
High school: Chicago (IL) St. Rita
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 1998 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2002 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
 As coach:
Career NFL statistics as of 2002
Receptions 58
Receiving yards 998
Touchdowns 6
Stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics as of 2007
Receptions 34
Receiving yards 504
Touchdowns 4
Stats at CFL.ca

Tony De'Angelo Simmons (born December 8, 1974) is a retired American football player. He is currently head coach of Kouvola Indians, an American Football team based out of Kouvola, Finland. 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.

High school[edit]

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. He won the state championship in the 100 and 200 meter dash with a time of 10.5 seconds and 21.58 seconds as a senior, respectively. He shares a distinction with two other NFL players that have 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.

College career[edit]

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.

NFL career[edit]

Simmons was drafted to 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, playing with the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Giants. Amassing 58 receptions for 998 yards, 6 TDs and averaged 20.8 yards per game. As a returner, 12 returns for 241 yards and averaged 20.1 yards per return.

NFL Europe career[edit]

In 2001, Simmons starred at wide receiver for the regular-season champion Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europa. He finished the season with 32 catches for 538 yards and caught seven touchdowns.

CFL[edit]

Simmons played from 2005 to 2007 for CFL team BC Lions as a wide receiver. He recorded 34 receptions for 504 yards averaging 14.8 yds and scoring four touchdowns.

Career in Europe and Asia[edit]

Denmark[edit]

In March 2010, Simmons signed with the Danish football team, the Triangle Razorbacks based out of Denmark. He played wide receiver and served as the team's offensive coordinator, special teams coach. [1]

Hungary[edit]

In January 2011, Simmons joined the Hungarian football team, the Békéscsaba Raptors as Head Coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach and wide receiver.

India[edit]

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 1st ever American style football in India. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach.

Austria[edit]

In April 2012, Simmons joined the Austrian football team, the Amstetten Thunder as Head Coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach.

Italy[edit]

In January 2013, Simmons joined the Italian football team, the Cagliari Crusaders as Head Coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach.

Brazil[edit]

In July 2013, Simmons joined the Brazilian football team, the East São Paulo as Head Coach. He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach.

Finland[edit]

In November 2013, Simmons agreed to a deal with Kouvola Indians to serve as their head coach for Maple League season 2014.[2][3] He also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, strength/speed coach and coaching consultant.

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