Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms says he took "$100 handshakes" from prominent boosters for signing autographs while playing at the school.
Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms says he took "$100 handshakes" from boosters for signing autographs while playing at the school.
Simms, the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, played for Texas from 1999-2002 and was an All-Big 12 selection in his final two seasons.
He said on CBS Sports Radio that, despite being the son of an NFL quarterback, he received extra funds regularly. He says that other players did as well.
“They didn’t pay me, but there may have been cash going around to some other players,” Simms said. “I’m not going to deny that. I may have gotten a few $100 handshakes every now and then to sign some autographs for alumni.
“I don’t care how rich your upbringing was. Yes, I grew up with a silver spoon, but if you give me a few extra $100 as a college kid, that’s great."
Simms, 34, was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent parts of five seasons in the NFL. He last played for the Denver Broncos in 2009.
- Scooby Axson