Benjamin C. Klein for Bleacher Report here with an exclusive interview with New York Giants legend Phil Simms. After a very successful career as an NFL quarterback, Simms now works for CBS as their lead NFL analyst and appears weekly on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.
Embedded further down in this article is a video of Phil answering my questions. The video runs just under seven minutes long and in it we cover some interesting topics.
Some of the things we cover are the future of fellow CBS analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher, whether or not New York Giants' Head Coach Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat, which NFL teams have surprised him with their play this season, and the intense pressures his son Matt Simms faces playing quarterback for Tennessee Vols football program.
One of the more interesting things Simms and I discussed is the focus of the media on the position of the quarterback, and how too many people evaluate a quarterback in a vacuum without taking into account the play-level, talent, and status of the rest of the team. I guess it is true that quarterbacks get too much credit for success and too much blame for failure.
Simms is a Giants legend. He stayed with the team for his entire career, between 1979-1993. Simms endured the highs and lows of playing in New York City, the peak of which was his flawless performance Super Bowl XXI. Simms' surgical dissection of John Elway's Broncos is the stuff of legend, a performance in the Super Bowl by a quarterback the NFL might never see again.
Now entering his fifth decade of involvement with the NFL, Simms has become one of the best in-game analysts in the business regardless of network.
And apparently football runs in his genes because he has one son, Chris, who played in the NFL and another, Matt, currently playing for the Tennessee Volunteers football program.
Simms and I also discussed how NFL fans can vote for their favorite players to be the NFL FedEX Air and Ground Players of the Week. Also, how doing so can help support a charity that Simms has partnered with FedEx to support, the Safe Kids USA Program.
To find out exactly what Simms said on those topics, play the video embedded in this article.
To find out more about the NFL FedEX Ground and Air Players of the Week visit NFL.com for more information. Past winners have included NFL stars such as Chris Johnson, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, and Chris Cooley.
The charity that Simms supports in a partnership with FedEX is the Safe Kids USA program, a national non-profit that helps prevent needless accidents to children by fostering pedestrian safety in local neighborhoods.
Since FedEX first got involved in 2000 with Safe Kids USA they have helped raised $12 million to foster safer neighborhoods by making sidewalks safer for children.