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


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

"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."

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 mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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