New Jersey’s premier high school football all-star game will be played Monday at Kean University. The game carries the name of 14-year NFL quarterback Phil Simms, who led the New York Giants to victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
89 different players from 87 different New Jersey high school football teams will play in the Phil Simms North-South Football Classic.
Both of Simms’ boys played high school football in Jersey. Chris Simms played quarterback at Ramapo High School before going to the University of Texas. He played with several teams during a seven-year NFL career. His younger brother Matt Simms played a Don Prep before going on to the University of Tennessee.
Simms attached his name to the all-star game in 2014 saying, ““The main reason of doing it was to help the game, help the kids and all the New Jersey high school coaches that I’ve met over the last 36 years. They’ve all been great to me. We have had unbelievable relationships. I have thrown or worked with 100 different different coaches and their quarterbacks and receivers up here over the years, I still know many of them and that’s why I did it.”
Simms played at Louisville, Kentucky’s Southern High School. He played baseball and football. During his senior season, Simms led Southern to the state’s AAA title game against Trinity.Fri, Nov 23, 1973 – Page 36 · The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) · Newspapers.com
Simms was sacked 11 times in a 16-0 loss before going on to play at Morehead State.