Sucker Punch: Former QB Phil Simms Threatens Desmond Howard at Super Bowl XLV

John WoodContributor IFebruary 5, 2011

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 28:  Phil Simms presents the 'FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year' awards during a press conference at the Convention Center on January 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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OK, nothing really happened at the NFL Xperience in Dallas today, except for the fact that former Giants QB Phil Simms threatened to punch ESPN College Football analyst Desmond Howard.

Like I said, nothing major...

See, what had happened was, Howard made a comment way back during the college season, specifically during the Tennessee/LSU football game. Howard said something to the effect that viewers would see "three of the worst quarterbacks in the SEC."

Why is that important?

Well, Simms' son, Matt, was the starting QB for the Volunteers at the time.

Howard tweeted the following message just after the incident: "At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him 'LET'S GO!'"

Seriously, the 55-year-old commentator threatened to go after the 40-year-old analyst. Even Howard wasn't sure at first, but later tweeted, "I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!"

Even Howard's wife, Rebkah, got into the Twitter madness. "So apparently while I've been at this bball game, Phil Simms tried to assault my husband at the NFL Experience? Oh, Ok. #wheretheydothatat?"

Howard said that the "situation" was eventually broken up by police.

Simms has a history of popping off at the mouth, though. In 2005, he went after Steve Young after the former 49ers quarterback made some disparaging remarks about his other QB son, Chris, who was then the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wow...I guess the gloomy weather in Dallas has SOMEBODY in a grumpy mood today. The big game hasn't even started yet and the fireworks are beginning.

If it would have come to blows, who would have won? Simms? Howard? The public for getting to watch the scrap from someone's camera phone?

You have to love Super Bowl mania!