Wayne Simmons

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Wayne Simmons # 49 (b. 12/15/1969 d. 8/23/2002) was an outside linebacker for the Clemson Tigers who was selected # 15 in the 1st round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Tragically, Simmons would be killed in a 2002 auto accident.

Clemson Stats[edit]

  • Played in 45 games, 16 as a starter
  • 206 career tackles
  • 36 career tackles for a loss
  • 19 career sacks
  • Returned an interception for a touchdown during Clemson's 34-23 win over FSU in 1989

NFL bound[edit]

Simmons was selected # 15 in the first round of the NFL Draft as the Green Bay Packers 1st pick. His contract with the Packers was estimated at $3,000,000 over 4 years and included a $1,200,000 signing bonus. He went on to play over 4 seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 7, 1997. On November 19, 1998 Simmons was claimed on waivers by the Buffalo Bills. He retired after being released in February 1999.

NFL Honors[edit]

  • 1993 NFL All Rookie Team - outside linebacker
  • Member of 1996 Super Bowl Champions, Green Bay Packers

Death of a Tiger[edit]

On August 23, 2002, Simmons was driving his Mercedes at speeds over 100 miles an hour on I70 near Independence, Missouri when he drove off the road causing his car to roll several times before landing in a ditch. His car caught fire and several witnesses tried to pull him out but could not undo his seatbelt. Simmons was extracted by firefighters and taken to Independence Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead. Simmons blood alcohol level was measured at 0.19, more than twice the Missouri legal limit of 0.08.


  • Earned a Finance degree in 1992
  • Played 1992 season as a Graduate student
  • Known as an intense player, Simmons commented in the 1997 Green Bay Packers media guide: "When I line up across from you, I will destroy you and I will crush you."