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Monday, December 14, 2009
Just smile and nod at crazy Uncle Billy


Billy Sims, Jason White, and Steve Owens
Billy Sims steals the spotlight from Jason White at the 2003 Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Billy Sims is no longer just the 1978 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma. He's now officially the crazy uncle of the stiff-arm fraternity.

On Saturday, Sims flashed a yellow sign which read "Boomer," a reminder of his unforgettable howling after Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford won last year's Heisman. Thought Sims embarrassed himself last year? Apparently, he found his niche.

If the Heisman fraternity is a family, then the trophy ceremony is a reunion, and no family reunion is complete without a crazy uncle.

He's the life of the party. Kooky, but ultimately harmless. He speaks loudly and out of turn. He might embarrass you around your friends, but they're too busy laughing to care how you feel.

Uncle Billy looked foolish in '08, and he was tacky on Saturday. What will he do in 2010? I can't wait to find out.

Sims' NFL career is a "what if?" story. According to pro-football-reference.com, his career after three seasons was most similar to Jim Brown's. After five and a knee injury, it was over (and most similar to the career of some guy named Dan Towler). By 1991, he was the other No. 20 for the Lions, supplanted by someone from Oklahoma State.

Now, he's the one and only Uncle Billy, making him almost as unforgettable as the Heisman itself.