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- Phil Simms
Phil Simms, Super Bowl XXI MVP and 15-year NFL veteran, joined CBS Sports in January 1998 as lead analyst for the CBS Television Network's coverage of the NFL. He shares THE NFL TODAY desk as a studio analyst alongside James Brown, Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson and Boomer Esiason.
Simms paired with Jim Nantz for 13 seasons (2004-16) as the Network's lead NFL announce team, and called Thursday Night Football games for three seasons. He previously teamed with Greg Gumbel for six seasons (1998-2003), called Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, Super Bowl XLI in 2007, Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and Super Bowl 50 in 2016 on the CBS Television Network. Simms once again will serve as an analyst on INSIDE THE NFL on Paramount+. In addition, this season Simms will continue to contribute to the weekly show, NFL MONDAY QB, on CBS Sports Network.
Simms introduced the "Phil Simms All-Iron Team," which honored NFL players and coaches, in a special Christmas Day broadcast on CBS in 1999. The "All-Iron Team" special aired on Super Bowl XLI Sunday in February 2007, Super Bowl XLIV Sunday in February 2010, Super Bowl XLVII Sunday in February 2013 and Super Bowl 50 Sunday in February 2016. In 2002, Simms co-hosted the Miss Universe Pageant on CBS, becoming the first athlete ever to do so. He is the author of The New York Times Best Seller Sunday Morning Quarterback: Going Deep on the Strategies, Myths and Mayhem of Football (2004).
Prior to joining CBS Sports, Simms served as a game analyst on NBC's top broadcast team, along with Dick Enberg and Paul Maguire (1995-98). He called Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XXXII, announced weightlifting events for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, served as a sideline reporter on "The NBA on NBC" and worked on the "NFL Quarterback Challenge" and "Run to Daylight." He also served as a studio analyst for ESPN.
As an All-Pro quarterback, Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He completed 22-of-25 passes in Super Bowl XXI as the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, to win their first Super Bowl title. Upon retirement, he established team marks for most passes completed and attempted for one game (40 completed, 62 attempted), season (286, 533) and career (2,576, 4,647), most career touchdown passes (199) and most 300-yard games in a career (21). Simms was the Giants' first selection in the 1979 NFL Draft, was selected for the 1985 and 1993 Pro Bowls and was the 1985 Pro Bowl MVP. He was named All-Pro in 1986.
Simms earned his degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. He and his wife, Diana, live in Franklin Lakes, N.J. They have three children, Christopher, Matthew and Deirdre. Simms also has two grandchildren, Charlotte and Phillip, from their son Christopher and his wife, Danielle, and three grandchildren, Patrick, Elizabeth and Brian, from his daughter, Deirdre, and her husband, Brian.
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