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Ex-Texas QB Chris Simms: I got '$100 handshakes' in college

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Chris Simms was a third-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2003 after starring at Texas.

Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms said Thursday he received "some $100 handshakes" while he was a Longhorns player.

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"They didn't pay me; there might have been cash going around to some other players," Simms said while serving as a fill-in co-host on CBSSports Radio's "Tiki and Tierney" show. "I'm not going to deny that. I got some $100 handshakes every now and then for signing some autographs for, you know, a big alumni."

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Simms -- the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms -- was at Texas from 1999-2002 and was an All-Big 12 selection in 2001 and '02.

"I don't care how rich your upbringing was," said Simms, who spent eight seasons in the NFL as a backup. "Yes, I grew up with a silver spoon, big deal. If you give me a few extra $100 as a college kid, that's great."

Simms' admission should surprise no one. While "$100 handshakes" certainly are not the norm in college football -- or basketball -- it's extremely naïve to think those types of things don't go on. The biggest question might be why Simms felt he needed to talk about it more than a decade after his college career ended.

Will this lead to some type of legitimate investigation? Of course not.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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