Phillip Martin Simms
Phil was born on a farm in Springfield, Kentucky, and grew up in Louisville. In the early 1970s, he was quarterback for the Southern High School Trojans. His college years were spent at Morehead State University where he played for coach Bryan Evans and QB coach Jim Cook. Phil’s college performance earned him a first-round selection by the New York Giants in the 1979 NFL draft. He quickly won over his teammates who dubbed him “Prince Valiant” in his rookie training camp. Phil spent his entire 14-year professional career with the Giants. One of his most memorable performances came in Super Bowl XXI in 1987 when he completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards – setting records for consecutive completions (10), accuracy (88%) and passer rating (150.9). He led the Giants to a 39-20 victory over the Broncos and was named MVP. Of Phil’s performance, Giants coach Bill Parcells later said that “this might be the best game a quarterback has ever played.” After a playing career that also included Pro Bowl appearances in 1985 and 1993, Phil became a nationally known football announcer and commentator for various networks, including ESPN, NBC and CBS. For more information about Phil, click here.