Phil Simms almost continued his career at being cut by the Giants
Former New York Giants’ quarterback Phil Simms was shockingly released after the 1993 season after a 15-year career in the Big Apple.
What made the move such a surprise is the fact that Simms had such a good season in 1993 that he was voted to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,038 yards, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions with a quarterback rating of 88.3.
Of course at the time the Giants were ready to move on from Simms and go with first round supplemental draft pick, quarterback Dave Brown. It also didn’t help that Simms was late in his career and had to undergo offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
One team in particular that wanted to sign Simms was the Phoenix Cardinals, but they didn’t have the cap room to make things work. Now he did have an opportunity to play for the Cleveland Browns and than head coach Bill Belichick, who was course was the Giants former defensive coordinator.
Simms recently told the Boston Globe that he ultimately decided to stay retired.
After the Giants cut him, he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to go into coaching then or try to play again. So he took the opportunity to spend the ’94 season as an analyst at ESPN. “Had a lot of fun there, liked it a lot,” he said. “But when it was over, I still thought about playing, and then venturing into coaching. That [opportunity to play again] was actually with the Cleveland Browns, with Bill Belichick. It didn’t work out, so I said that was it. That’s when I said I’d stick with this TV thing.”
I’m glad Simms decided to stay retired and not play for any other teams. It’s also great to how successful his career in television has worked out.