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Morehead State’s Phil Simms, 1978

Posted on February 4, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Morehead State quarterback Phil Simms scrambled under pressure from an Eastern Kentucky defender during the Colonels’ 30-0 win on Nov. 18, 1978, in Richmond. It was Simms’ final game as an Eagle. The future Super Bowl XXI MVP finished his college career with 5,545 yards passing, an Ohio Valley Conference record. He also broke the record for career passing attempts with 836. Simms, who was born in Springfield, was drafted No. 7 overall five months later by the NFL’s New York Giants. During his 14-year career in New York, he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, completing 22 of 25 passes (88 percent). He also holds the distinction as the first person to utter the phrase “I’m going to Disney World!” in a commercial after a championship victory. A small Kentucky town has a shrine to the Super Bowl hero. He is now a television sportscaster for the CBS network and lives in New Jersey. Click here to see another image of Simms from our archives. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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