Tim Simpson (American football)

Timothy James Simpson (born March 5, 1969) is a former American football offensive guard who played one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the twelfth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[1] Simpson was also a member of the New York Jets, London Monarchs, Peoria Pirates and Bloomington Edge.

Tim Simpson
No. 61
Position:Offensive guard / Center
Personal information
Born: (1969-03-05) March 5, 1969 (age 52)
Peoria, Illinois
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:284 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:East Peoria (IL)
College:Illinois
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 12 / Pick: 329
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Early yearsEdit

Simpson played high school football at East Peoria High School in East Peoria, Illinois. He was a four-year starter for the Red Raiders as well as a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection. He also participated in wrestling, compiling a record of 157–4, including 3rd and 4th place IHSA state finishes.[2] Simpson was inducted the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]

College careerEdit

Simpson played for the Illinois Fighting Illini from 1988 to 1991, starting all 48 games of his career.[3] He earned 1st team American Football Coaches All-America honors his senior year in 1991 and was co-winner of the Illini Male Athlete of the Year award, also known as the Dike Eddleman Athlete-of-the-Year, in 1992.[2] He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Simpson was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 329th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft.[1] He played in four games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994.[1]

He then signed with the New York Jets.[4] In February 1996, he was allocated to the World League of American Football to play for the London Monarchs.[5][6] He was released by the Jets in August 1996.[7]

Simpson played for the Peoria Pirates from 2000 to 2002, winning ArenaCup III in 2002.[8][9][10] He retired after the 2002 season.[11]

He signed with the Bloomington Edge of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League in 2013 but retired before the start of the season.[3][12]

Coaching careerEdit

Simpson helped coach offensive and defensive line at his former high school in 2006, and later was offensive line coach of the Bloomington Extreme of United Indoor Football in 2008.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "TIM SIMPSON". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "TIM SIMPSON". gpshof.org. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Tim Simpson - OG 1988-1991". fightingillini.com. September 18, 2014. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Tim Simpson". foxsports.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "1996 NFL-WLAF Allocation List". The Palm Beach Post. February 21, 1996. p. 34. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tim Simpson". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Football". The Courier-Journal. August 20, 1996. p. 45. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Eminian, Dave (September 28, 2010). "WATN: Tim Simpson". pjstar.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ Doxsie, Don (May 7, 2002). "Ex-Illini star Simpson still has fun in af2". qctimes.com. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rosters for Peoria Pirates". swinglonga.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ Supinie, John (September 6, 2008). "Illini honor East Peorian Tim Simpson". pjstar.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ Meadows, Jim (January 25, 2013). "Bloomington Edge Signs Illini 40-Something". illinois.edu. Retrieved May 7, 2015.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Extreme announces assistant coaches". oursportscentral.com. February 12, 2008. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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