To many New York Giants fans, Matt Simms — the son of Big Blue quarterback legend Phil Simms— has crossed over to the Dark Side after signing on with the New York Jets. Yesterday, the undrafted Simms was signed by Rex Ryan and his Gang Green after giving Simms a tryout at their three-day rookie minicamp.
The younger Simms lives in New Jersey and was a star at the state and national high school powerhouse Don Bosco Prep before heading on to an unremarkable college career.
Simms played at Tennessee, where he lost the starting job in 2010 and made only two starts in 2011.
"With Simms, the thing that you're impressed with immediately is how he can throw throw the football," Ryan said. "I mean, he definitely has a great arm. he can really spin it. The thing you don't see is obviously how he is against the rush and all that.
"I followed him. I knew him at Tennessee. [He] kind of had ups-and-downs when he was there. But the kid has the arm talent. Obviously, he's got the pedigree."
Simms' dad Phil played for the Giants from 1979-93 and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXI after having an almost flawless game against the Denver Broncos.
The Jets meanwhile continue to stockpile quarterbacks. Simms will join Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and G.J. Kinne on the QB roster.
"The game (is) going to take you for a loop every now and then," said Simms. "I just want to keep playing football. It's as simple as that. I just want to keep playing the game that I've been playing since I was a child."
Simms' older brother Chris played in the NFL before a serious injury hindered his career.