Saturday, October 12, 2013
Simms family reunion takes place Sunday
By Matt Ehalt
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If Jets backup quarterback Matt Simms somehow ends up playing Sunday, there's extra incentive for him to win over the announcing crew. Especially the analyst, Phil Simms.
Matt Simms will probably be stuck on the sideline on Sunday as his father, Phil Simms, announces the game.
"I would want to play good so my own father doesn't rip me on television. I don't want to put him in that position," Matt Simms said with a laugh Friday. "He did joke to me saying that if that ever did happen he'd probably just walk out of the booth."
For the first time in his career, Matt will be part of a game that his father, Phil, is calling for CBS. Matt has yet to play this season and likely won't see the field against the Steelers.
"It will be interesting but at the same time it will be a great moment, I guess, for everyone. Even if I don't play, it's a great moment. It really is," Matt said. "I don't have to be on the field for it to be something we look back on and kind of cherish."
The Simms family found out only recently that Phil and Matt would both be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, as Phil was informed approximately two weeks ago that he'd be calling the game. This is Matt's first season on an NFL roster, giving the pair their first shot to work the same day.
Matt, who lives at home, said the two have talked about the situation, but he has not given Phil any extra breakdown of the Jets. He did see his father at the Jets' facility Friday and goofed around as he went up to him and asked: "Hey, big Phil, how you doing?"
Matt recognized some might find it awkward that his father is calling a game involving a team his son plays for, but he praised Phil for his professionalism. Phil, of course, is famous for his 14 years quarterbacking the Giants and winning two Super Bowls.
"He's great. He's a professional so I don't have to worry about anything like that," Matt said. "To be honest with you, he'll probably go out of his way to not bring me up. He's smart like that about it."
He added: "He's my father but at the same time he has to do his job to the best of his ability."