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John Simon (linebacker)

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John Simon (born October 14, 1990)[1] is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots 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 and Indianapolis Colts.

John Simon
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Simon in 2013
No. 55 – New England Patriots
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-10-14) October 14, 1990 (age 29)
Youngstown, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Cardinal Mooney
(Youngstown, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2019
Total tackles:199
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

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 TexansEdit

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 ColtsEdit

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]

On September 1, 2018, Simon was released by the Colts.[14]

New England PatriotsEdit

On September 26, 2018, Simon was signed by the New England Patriots.[15] Simon finished the 2018 season with 17 tackles (8 solo) and 2 sacks.[16] Simon helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII where they beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

On March 13, 2019, Simon signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots.[17] In week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, Simon recorded his first sack of the season in the 43-0 win. [18] In week 6 against the New York Giants, Simon recorded an interception off a pass from Daniel Jones that was tipped by teammate Stephon Gilmore in the 35-14 win. [19] In week 7 against the New York Jets, Simon recorded a strip sack on Sam Darnold which was recovered by teammate Kyle Van Noy in the 33-0 win. [20]


  1. ^ "John Simon player profile". Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 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 July 22, 2014.
  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 March 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "John Simon". Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  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".
  14. ^ Walker, Andrew (September 1, 2018). "Colts Announce Final 2018 Roster Cuts".
  15. ^ "Patriots Place RB Rex Burkhead and LB Ja'Whaun Bentley on Injured Reserve; Announce Additional Roster Moves". September 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "John Simon Stats, News, Bio". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  17. ^ Kyed, Doug (March 13, 2019). "NFL Rumors: Patriots Expected To Re-Sign Defensive End John Simon". Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Newcomer Brown scores as Patriots beat Dolphins 43-0". September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Patriots force 4 turnovers, beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0". October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  20. ^ "Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated". October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.

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