Former Georgian soccer receiver Tyler Simmons joined an NFL squad on Friday.
Simmons attended Pro Day in Georgia earlier this week and caught the attention of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The AFC North franchise signed Simmons on Friday.
Pittsburgh gives Simmons a second shot in the NFL after his first was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic canceled UGA Pro Day last year and Simmons was not drafted.
The Houston Texans signed him as a vacant free agent and he stayed with the team all summer before being cut. Simmons spent two weeks on the Texans’ training team before they released him. Simmons did not sign with any other squad during the 2020 season.
Simmons wasn’t a statistical juggernaut in Georgia. In four seasons he collected 658 yards attack and five touchdowns. He is best known for a blocked punt in the 2018 National Championship Game that was knocked over by a bad offside penalty.
What Simmons lacks in numbers, he makes up for in sportiness. Fast and agile, it’s a good size for a receiver at 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds. Simmons is the type of athlete that most NFL coaches believe can grow into reliable professional players.
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