John Simon (linebacker)

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John Simon
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Simon in 2013
No. 51 – Indianapolis Colts
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-10-14) October 14, 1990 (age 27)
Youngstown, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Youngstown (OH) Mooney
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 163
Sacks: 13.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 1
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

John Simon (born October 14, 1990)[1] is an American football outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans.

Early years[edit]

Simon was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He played high school football for the Mooney Cardinals of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Ranked by as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the class of 2009, Simon chose Ohio State over offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.[2] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

Simon attended Ohio State University, and played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2009 to 2012. As a senior in 2012, he was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year,[3] and received first-team All-Big Ten honors.[4] He was also named a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press.[5] He finished his career with 154 tackles and 20.5 quarterback sacks.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Simon was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round, with the 129th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $2.545 million contract on May 21, 2013.[6] On August 30, 2014, Simon was waived by the Ravens and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[7][8]

Houston Texans[edit]

On October 7, 2014, Simon was signed by the Houston Texans off the Ravens' practice squad.[9] On October 9, 2014, Simon recorded his first NFL sack against the Indianapolis Colts.[10] On March 16, 2016, Simon signed a restricted free agent tender with the Texans.

In Simon's third season, he recorded 53 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 5 sacks.[11]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 10, 2017, the Indianapolis Colts signed Simon to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.[12] He started nine games for the Colts in 2017 before being placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017 with a shoulder injury.[13]


  1. ^ "John Simon player profile". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ John Simon Rivals profile
  3. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (November 27, 2012). "Ohio State's John Simon wins Big Ten defensive award, Urban Meyer loses out on coaching award". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams". Big Ten Network. November 26, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "AP All-America team 2012: Johnny Manziel, Alabama lead the way". Associated Press. December 11, 2012. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Aaron (May 21, 2013). "Ravens sign fourth-rounder John Simon to four-year, $2.545 million deal". Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 30, 2014). "Ravens Make Final Roster Cuts". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 31, 2014). "Ravens Sign Nine Players To Practice Squad". Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Texans add OLB John Simon". October 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "John Simon". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  11. ^ "John Simon". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  12. ^ Bowen, Kevin (March 10, 2017). "Colts Bolster Outside Linebacker Position With John Simon". 
  13. ^ Walker, Andrew (December 5, 2017). "Colts Place Outside Linebacker John Simon On Injured Reserve". 

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