Tuesday, May 15, 2012
KSU's Mark Simoneau enters CFB HOF
By David Ubben
Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau has only been out of the NFL a couple years.
Now, he's headed into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.
Simoneau was one of 14 players and three coaches who will be inducted into the hall after an announcement on Tuesday.
Simoneau earned consensus first-team All-America status in 1999, and was a four-year starter and three-time captain under Bill Snyder in Manhattan. He won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior in 2009, too.
Simoneau was part of some of the best seasons in Kansas State history, including a Fiesta Bowl trip in 1997 and a No. 1 ranking in 1998, when the Wildcats played in the Big 12 title game for the first time in school history.
Simoneau ranks third in school history for career tackles, and has school records for single game and career unassisted tackles. He was the Wildcats' leading tackler in 1998 and 199 and led the team in sacks in 1999. He also is tired for third on the school's career fumble recovery list. He made 400 career tackles and had 46 tackles for loss.
He earned All-Big 12 first-team honors three times in four years in Manhattan.
Gary Spani is the only other Kansas State player in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Simeoneau was drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played for the Falcons, Eagles, Saints and Chiefs before retiring in 2010.