Originally written April 03, 2012 on Sox and Dawgs:
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The New England Patriots have hired former NFL quarterback Chris Simms as a coaching assistant.  Simms is the son of CBS NFL analyst and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms. There has been no word from Foxboro yet about what Simms role may be but he did play for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels while he was the head coach in Denver. Simms, who played quarterback at Texas, was a third round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2003 NFL Draft (97th overall).   He played with Tampa Bay from 2004-07 after not playing a snap in his rookie season of 2003. In 2006, Simms suffered a life threatening injury on the football field against Carolina.  After taking several hard hits he was taken off the field but later returned to play.  After leading a scoring drive Simms returned to the bench in distress.  He was taken to a local hospital where it was determined he had a ruptured spleen and had internal bleeding.  Simms later said he lost 5 pints of blood and in another 45 minutes without t...
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