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Phil Simms apologizes for Desmond Howard incident

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Former Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms got into an altercation Saturday with another former Super Bowl MVP, Desmond Howard.

Simms didn’t like that Howard had spoken critically of the football skills of one of Simms’ sons (at least Howard didn’t accuse Phil of “laissez-faire” parenting), and Howard didn’t like the way that Simms made it known that he didn’t like it, allegedly threatening to punch Howard.  (Simms, without denying a threat to throw a punch, later told Richard Deitsch of SI.com that there was “no chance” of a physical confrontation.)

Simms, who also didn’t like the way Howard made it known that he didn’t like the way that Simms made it known that he didn’t like the criticism of his son, has apologized publicly, via an appearance on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio with Chris Russo.

“It’s over,” Simms said Tuesday, via FOXSports.com.  “And, you know, and I’m sorry.  I really, I mean this, I’m sorry it happened.  I really am because even if it remained private, there’s still nothing gained.  So I’ve learned another lesson.”

Simms confronted Howard at the NFL Experience because Howard had make a non-complimentary comment about Matt Simms as part of Howard’s job on ESPN to, you know, comment about college football players.  Howard took to Twitter with a blow-by-blow account of the incident, which per Howard nearly came to blows.

In the aftermath, Simms apparently would like to punch Howard for telling the world that Simms allegedly threatened to punch him.

“Well, of course I am,” Simms said, regarding whether he was upset that Howard disclosed the situation.  “But it is what it is.  It’s a great lesson learned, and of course I’m not excusing myself.  You know, I’ve got to know better.  It’s a new day and age . . .  And, you know, you’ve got to know that I think about those things all the time.  It’s just not good on my part, either.  I understand that.”

At the risk of finding myself in a future confrontation with Simms, I’m compelled to point out one fact:  Phil Simms is 55.  He should be old and wise enough to figure out the potential consequences of getting in the face of a member of the media in a public place.

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31 Responses to “Phil Simms apologizes for Desmond Howard incident”
  1. pitpig says: Feb 9, 2011 9:12 AM

    And here I was hoping there would be less Phil Simms in my life after the Super Bowl. Matt Simms’ arm can’t possibly be as bad as Phil Simms’ mouth.

  2. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 9, 2011 9:19 AM

    Being a buckeye fan I am normally fine with anyone from Michigan getting punched in the face, but Phil needs to chill. You’d think after playing in the NFL , that your gonna get criticized at some point for your play. Look in the mirror buddy.

  3. nitschke66 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:20 AM

    Simms – being a proud papa first is a good thing, being in control is too. Don’t see this as a big deal except that he obviously doesn’t broadcast for NBC – therefore fair game for PFT.

  4. jc1958coo says: Feb 9, 2011 9:21 AM

    phil simms runs his stupid mouth about people all the time! he just does it to collinsworth, i bet if warren sapp said that, he wouldn’t want to punch him!

  5. jcjets says: Feb 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    it would be nice if you could tell us exactly what Howard said, and if it was possibly over the line somehow? Was he just critical, or did he mock him?

  6. dwoofer says: Feb 9, 2011 9:36 AM

    Phil Simms who?

  7. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    Phil Simms and Jim Nantz deserve each other – they’re both self-congratulating blowhards who will dish it out all day under the guise of broadcaster authority, but never can seem to take it when anyone questions THEM.

  8. airic31 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    simms is crafty, but i’d take desmond in this one . . . one strong heisman pose to the face and simms would be out cold!!

  9. nps6724 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:41 AM

    jcjets says: Feb 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    it would be nice if you could tell us exactly what Howard said, and if it was possibly over the line somehow? Was he just critical, or did he mock him?

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    IIRC Howard said in reference to Simms and LSU’s 2 QBs, “These are the 3 worst SEC QBs” during the UT-LSU game.

  10. marvsleezy says: Feb 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    jcjets – what Howard said about Phills kid is mentioned in a prior article – Something about being the worst QB in the conference or something.

    That why Phill sucks at broadcasting – Never wants to be critical or say something bad about one of his NFL buddies.

  11. 11inthebox says: Feb 9, 2011 9:45 AM

    Wow. So my defense of Simms doesnt get posted because I think Howard is a punk. Interesting how PFT sides with a so called man who “twitters” about the confrontation.

  12. nickynick04 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:49 AM

    WHAAT ! Simms has commented, not in a good way,,in regards to 1000′s of ball players during his broadcasts…WTF is his problem

  13. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 9, 2011 9:58 AM

    Unless I am wrong it seems Simms (assuming he is doing his job properly) spends every Sunday afternoon in the fall criticizing the kids of parents across the nation.

    So is it ok for Buddy Ryan to give Phil a beatdown when he calls his son’s playcalling unoriginal? Is it ok for Howie Long to punch out Simms because he pointed out Chris Long missed an assignment?

    I also hear that the best way to really get under Simm’s skin is not to point out his kids poor QB performances but instead refer to him as “Boomer”.

  14. krow101 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    It has to be tough having a spoiled little jerk like Chris as your kid.

  15. Akula says: Feb 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    The guy was shooting his mouth off about your kid. No appology needed. But you might want to keep it in mind the next time you are doing a game.

  16. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 9, 2011 10:12 AM

    I’ll take Phil Simm’s in the broadcast booth any day. I’m not interested in twittering twits.

  17. h8dansnyder says: Feb 9, 2011 10:15 AM

    Steel-cage event. Howard off the top rope but misses. Gets up and Simms counters with the patented Stone Cold Stunner to end this highly anticipated grudge match.

  18. gdeli says: Feb 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Simms didn’t like it, he has a right to say that to howard. Howard has the right to say his side, he shouldn’t be blabbing it on twitter. No need for the “gang up on” philosophy on simms. Howard has to know what he is starting too and he also should know better. Getting into it just doesn’t work. The other party usually digs in cause they do not wanna look bad either and end up more entrenched that they are right too. Stupid waste of time.

  19. notsosmartski says: Feb 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    Does Desmond have any children in any sports?

  20. purpleguy says: Feb 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    On the one hand, any dad wants to protect his kids. On the other hand, if you’re a 55 year old public figure (heck even if you’re not), you should protect your kid in a responsible fashion.

  21. psousa1 says: Feb 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    Good for Simms

  22. 11inthebox says: Feb 9, 2011 10:58 AM

    @clintonportisheadd who says:

    Unless I am wrong it seems Simms (assuming he is doing his job properly) spends every Sunday afternoon in the fall criticizing the kids of parents across the nation.
    So is it ok for Buddy Ryan to give Phil a beatdown when he calls his son’s playcalling unoriginal? Is it ok for Howie Long to punch out Simms because he pointed out Chris Long missed an assignment?
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    You’re missing the point. Simms is professional in every broadcast. He’s never personal. He may say someone’s play calling lacks originality, but that’s not a personal attack.

    What Desmond Howard said was not just personal, it was stupid. Calling any player “one of the worst” in any context, is hardly thoughtful. It’s something a fan in the stands would say. That’s hardly “professional analysis.”

  23. imongo says: Feb 9, 2011 11:03 AM

    Desmond does not have any children currently worth commenting upon playing football, but he does have many relatives in prison and at various positions in the criminal justice system…

  24. jackbassett says: Feb 9, 2011 11:06 AM

    Simms needs to keep the emotions in check. As others have suggested, when he criticizes a player during one of his broadcasts he’s commenting on someone’s son, brother, father, etc. Much like those family members need to accept Phil’s comments, he needs to have a thick skin when it comes to his own kids.

    Forgive me for going off topic and casting a stone towards Desmond. He had moderate success in the NFL with one Pro Bowl (like hundreds of other players), was a SB MVP (like Dexter Jackson and Larry Brown), and had 12k all purpose yards (along with 50+ other players near or above that amount). Overall, many would and should be happy with that. But as a 4th overall pick who had an such electrifying college career as a Heisman winner, shouldn’t he have been better? At least Phil has one thing to comfort him: Most would agree he was a better NFL player than Desmond.

  25. citizenstrange says: Feb 9, 2011 11:29 AM

    When someone is hurting your kid it pushes a button. Human beings – and really all animals – are just hardwired that way.

  26. favrespeckerpictures says: Feb 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    WOW…….I like Phil Simms alot more now.

  27. mvp43 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:17 PM

    You know what Phil———-He’s not a good QB, At least not right now. Look at your other son Chris……how has his career turned out? I’ll tell you…….it hasn’t. He was cut by the Titans.

  28. ihateannouncers says: Feb 9, 2011 12:35 PM

    Howard tweeted…

    “During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said ‘u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC’ That’s what Phil did not like”
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    Probably could have put it in a little more of a professional context. How about the 3 lowest rated QB’s in the SEC? Don’t Blame Simms for getting angry, but he has to maintain his professionalism also. How about teaching your kids a lesson on how to deal with criticism from analysts?? Just threaten to punch them in the mouth. Nice parenting skills Phil. Right up there with Howards command of the English language. Worse??

  29. godsowncrunk says: Feb 9, 2011 12:36 PM

    As a lifelong Giants fan, I can never really dislike Phil. If he’d have punched Howard in public, he would have immediately elevated to god-tier in my book. Probably not a book you want to be in, but he’d have my undying admiration.

  30. steelers24019 says: Feb 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    Not that what I’m about to say really has anything to do with the topic but I believe Phil Simms is the best announcer in football and I forgive him of any transgressions he may be guilty of.

  31. nofunleague says: Feb 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    If Matt Simms is as bad as Chris Simms he Howard was probably right.

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