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Talent Profile: Phil Simms, NFL Game Analyst

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:04 PM, under , , , , ,

Phil Simms is is the lead NFL Analyst for CBS Sports, and this month marks his 10th anniversary with the network. This is his profile as published by CBS Sports. Last updated Jan 15, 2008.

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. This fall, he and Jim Nantz are paired for their fourth season as the Network's lead NFL announce team. Simms, previously teamed with Greg Gumbel for six seasons, called Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XLI in 2007 on the CBS Television 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. 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 Bowls XXX and 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. 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). He 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 was graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., in 1979. He and his wife, Diana, live in Franklin Lakes, N.J. They have three children, Christopher, a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Matthew and Deirdre.

Photograph courtesy of CBS Sports.

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