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13. Phil Simms

When it was all said and done, Phil Simms is considered one of the best Quarterbacks in the history of the New York Giants.  During the first five years of his career, it sure didn’t feel like that was possible.

Simms was drafted no.7 overall in 1979, and he was an All-Rookie, but had a respectable sophomore year but was injured late in the 1981 season.  A pre-season injury to his knee in 1982 kept him out of the entire season, and he lost his starting QB job to Mark Brunner.  He relieved Brunner in the sixth game of the year, but it was short-lived as he suffered a severe thumb injury that day.  Again, he was out for the rest of the year, and as he entered 1984, Simms looked like he was a huge bust.  Or so it would seem.

In 1984, it clicked for Simms, who entered the season healthy and prepared, and he threw for 4,044 Yards and 22 Touchdowns. The Quarterback followed that with a Pro Bowl season, and the year after that, he was brilliant in their Super Bowl XXI win.  Simms was the MVP of the game, going 22 for 25 with 268 Yards and three TDs.   

Following his Super Bowl win, Simms remained one of the better NFC Quarterbacks, and he was on his way to another Super Bowl until he had a foot injury, again taking him out for the rest of the year.  Jeff Hostetler filled in, and the Giants won Super Bowl XXV.  Simms had to fight to get his job back the year after, which he would win, and he finished his career in 1993, with a Pro Bowl year.

Simms left the NFL with 33,462 Passing Yards and 199 Touchdown Passes.  The Giants retired his number 11 in 1995.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 7th Overall in the NFL Draft 5/3/79.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1993 Season.
  • Games Played: 164
  • Notable Statistics:

    159 Games Started
    2,576 Pass Completions
    4,647 Pass Attempts
    55.4 Pass Completion Percentage
    33,462 Passing Yards
    199 Passing Touchdowns
    157 Interceptions
    78.5 Passer Rating
    349 Rushing Attempts
    1,252 Rushing Yards
    6 Rushing Touchdowns
    2 Receptions
    7 Receiving Yards
    118 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion(XXI & XXV)
    NEA MVP (1986)
    Pro Bowl (1985 & 1993)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXI)
    All-Rookie (1979)

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