Simms returns to Morehead, helps with fundraiser

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Longtime CBS football analyst and former Morehead State quarterback Phil Simms was back in the Bluegrass on Saturday, helping raise money for the program that gave him his start.

Simms, who played at Morehead from 1975-78, was the featured speaker at "A Night with Phil Simms."

"It's good to be back. It's good to see everybody," Simms said in an afternoon press conference with local media.

Simms said he watched Friday's Kentucky-Louisville basketball game with Morehead football coach Rob Tenyer and Morehead basketball coach Sean Woods.

"Life goes fast," Simms said. "Seeing the weight room and the locker rooms, it's pretty awesome. It's got a good feel to it."

Simms was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1977 and finished his MSU career with 5,545 passing yards and 32 touchdowns, before entering the NFL draft in 1979.

He was selected in the first round by the New York Giants, where he played 15 seasons, winning two Super Bowls and being named All-Pro.

Simms and Jim Nance have been together 11 years as CBS' lead NFL announce team.

"The state of football is great," he said. "I played a lot years, at all levels. People who say to me, 'Would you do it again?' Absolutely."

When asked about possibility that the Eagles might once again return to scholarship football, Simms said he will lend his support.

"Scholarship football gets a lot of notoriety. You get to compete on a level playing field. Everything's equal balance. If it ever comes to a point where they want to do that, I would definitely be in support of it and do what I could."

Tenyer said Simms' appearance is an important step in rebuilding the Eagles' football program.

"He came in and visited with our players after our third spring practice," Tenyer said. "They enjoyed that. There's nothing better than watching these former football players come back and see all the improvements to our campus and our facilities."

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