Ernie Sims wants to play 10 years in the NFL


Seven of the first 10 players selected in the 2006 NFL Draft are still in the league. Linebacker Ernie Sims, the No. 9 overall pick eight years ago, is one of those of seven players. He has played with five clubs, first the Lions, then the Eagles, Colts and Cowboys, and now the Cardinals, who signed him in June.

The 29-year-old Sims has never made a Pro Bowl, but he’s always had a job, and he’s always contributed. Though he’s been a reserve in recent years, he’s recorded at least 40 tackles in every one of his pro seasons, and he’s never played less than 10 regular season games.

In a story published Friday, Sims told the Tallahassee Democrat he would like to reach 10 years in the NFL.

“I just want to keep working hard, working hard and staying committed,” he told the paper. “That’s what it is going to take to get to that 10 years, keeping working hard.”

Sims was speaking at his Youth Football and Cheer Camp, which he has run for seven years, per the Democrat. Sims has also formed a charitable foundation that bears his name.

The other top 10 picks from 2006 currently employed are Bills defensive end Mario Williams, Lions tailback Reggie Bush, Jets offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and Browns safety Donte Whitner. Yes, it’s been eight years since they were rookies, and all are oh-so-close to reaching 10 seasons in the league.

Sims is close, too. He doesn’t turn 30 until December. If he reaches his goal, it won’t be a surprise, for he’s already made it this far, and players who have a knack for getting and keeping jobs generally find a way to stick around.

19 responses to “Ernie Sims wants to play 10 years in the NFL

  1. This is Ernie Sims we are talking about. He’ll target ten years, and then, as usual, overrun it by at least three or four.

  2. He is one of my favorite examples of LBs that could have been a lot better if he knew what he was doing out there. I had Greenaway ranked higher than him in the draft and thought it was a reach for the Lions, and then after reaching they failed to coach him up. Double loss.

  3. Ernie Sims is kind of an outlier, because when you think about NFL linebackers studs like Ray Lewis come to mind and duds like Vernon Gholston, also come to mind.

    Then you have a guy like Ernie Sims, who has been labeled a disappointment, yet consistently finds himself on the field, playing alongside mediocre defenses recording lots of tackle.

    He’s an example that great linebackers at the pro level are very hard to find. And if you work hard and stay healthy then you’ll keep a job as an LB in the NFL.

  4. I’d like to play 10 years in the NFL too. But considering I’m 41, I have no special physical abilities and have never been in shape; that just isn’t going to happen.

    btw… It’s nice to see 2 Buckeyes listed above. A.J. Hawk and Donte Whitner! Go Bucks!

  5. I want to play in the NFL for ten years too.

    But when the phone stops ringing, you stop playing. Just ask Vince and Chad.

  6. And.. Almost all players would like to play 10 years. It’s how you receive a full NFL pension. You might want to mention that in your initial post.

  7. .
    The 2006 draft was so bad that Belichick had two first round busts : Lawrence (Dancing with the Stars) Maroney and Chad (What’s a route?) Jackson.

  8. You will never win a one on one battle with Mother Nature or Father Time….

    Ernie Sims has been a major disappointment thus far at Cards camp.. The guy was a stud in university that has turned into a dud at the pro level… Granted if he was a 5/6 round guy we would all be saying what a tremendous all out guy he is but when drafted as high as he was well it’s been tough these last 6 years

  9. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 11, 2014 1:30 PM
    To be fair, A.J. Hawk would have been cut long ago by any other team with a minimal amount of defensive talent.
    To be fair – he’s got more superbowl rings in his 8 year career than the vikings do in their entire history.

  10. He is just a reserve , borderlime camp body whom Arians isnt pleased with at all. He most likely wont make the team, especially with the probability Arizona brings in someone better once rosters start gettimg trimmed dowm or even the possibility of a trade

  11. I really don’t think he’s lying awake at night thinking about the $50,000(average) a year that a 10-year NFL veteran would qualify for. I would think he’s counting contract in a 10 year career.

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