Antuan Simmons

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Antuan Simmons
Date of birth (1979-03-31) March 31, 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Southern California
Career history
As player
2003 Barcelona Dragons
2004–2005 Los Angeles Avengers
Career stats

Antuan Simmons (born March 31, 1979) is an American football cornerback.

Professional career[edit]

Undrafted in 2002, Simmons signed with the San Diego Chargers, but did not survive the final cuts. In 2003, he played for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and signed with the San Francisco 49ers but again did not make the roster. He played in the Arena Football League for the Los Angeles Avengers (2004–2005).

After Football[edit]

After his playing career ended, he began coaching. Presently, he is the head defensive coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at Laguna Creek High School, in Elk Grove, CA.

He helped lead there starting running back, Don Jackson to lead the section and division in rushing yards in the 2010 season. Before the end of the season, He was leading the state in yards, and was number 4 in the nation, before Laguna failed to make the playoffs.

College career[edit]

Simmons played college football at the University of Southern California. He is famous at USC for intercepting a pass by catching the ball with his legs during a game against UCLA in 2001, returning the interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Near the end of the 1999 college football season, Simmons suffered a back injury which required him to sit out at the end of the season. While undergoing an MRI on his back in the summer of 2000, a series of tests determined that there were tumors in his chest and near his kidneys. As a result, Simmons spent six weeks in the hospital and underwent three surgeries. Simmons survived a near ordeal with death and lost forty pounds. Yet, through determination, Simmons returned to USC in January 2001 and fully prepared for the 2001 football season. Prior to the 2001 season, Simmons was USC's spokesman at Pac-10 Media Day, and Simmons ended up starting all twelve games at free safety. His interception and touchdown against UCLA are considered a gratifying highlight for Simmons and the 2001 season.

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