4th Annual Greater Binghamton Sports Hall Of Fame
Monday April 23 2018
Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Hall Of Fame
Presented by AJQ Sports Management & Marketing
Master of Ceremonies - Roger Neel - WNBF Radio and Sports Director
Featured Speaker - Phil Simms
CBS NFL Lead Analyst, Super Bowl MVP, Co-Host on Showtime's "Inside the NFL"
For over three decades, the name Phil Simms and Super Bowl have remained synonymous with each other. After completing a 15-year veteran NFL career with the New York Giants highlighted by winning the Super Bowl XXI MVP, Simms now serves as the lead analyst for CBS Television Network's NFL coverage.
The duo of Simms and Jim Nantz just completed their 12th season as CBS's lead NFL broadcast team and have together called Super Bowl 50 (2016), Super Bowl XLVII (2013), Super Bowl XUV (2010) and Super Bowl XU (2007). Previously, Simms teamed up with Greg Gumbel on CBS and the pair called Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004) and Super Bowl XXXV (2001).
Along with their Sunday afternoon duties, Simms and Nantz will continue calling "Thursday Night Football" for CBS.
Since 2008, Simms has co-hosted "Inside The NFL" on Showtime and this year will lead a new lineup including fellow 16W Marketing talent Boomer Esiason along with Greg Gumbel, Ed Reed and Brandon Marshall. In addition, Simms currently teams up with Steve Beuerlein and Rich Gannon to co-host "NFL Monday QB" on the CBS Sports Network.
The "Phil Simms All-Iron Team", which honors NFL players and coaches, was first aired on a Christmas Day broadcast on CBS in 1999. Most recently, the special has aired on Super Bowl XU (2007), Super Bowl XUV (2010) and XLVII (2013).
Prior to joining CBS Sports, Simms served as a game analyst on NBC's top broadcast team along with Dick Enberg and Paul Maguire from 1995-1998. While at NBC, Simms was behind the microphone for Super Bowl XXX (1996) and Super Bowl XXXIII (1999). Away from the gridiron, he has also announced weightlifting events for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games and served as sideline reporter on "The NBA in NBC". Simms also worked on the "NFL Quarterback Challenge" and "Run To Daylight" while at NBC.
In addition to his work in the broadcast booth, the Franklin Lakes, NJ resident authored the New York Times bestselling Sunday Morning Quarterback: Going Deep on the Strategies, Myths and Mayhem of Football. As a result of his football IQ, Simms has become a Quarterback Skills Expert to which he provides evaluations to top NFL personnel directors.
Simms is also a co-owner and contributor to The Experts Network (TXN), an interactive digital sports network consisting of sports analysis along with Cris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, Howie Long, Nick Faldo and Cal Ripken, Jr.
Launched in April 2011, the TXN specializes in the development of digital and original programming, repurposed content and high-end special events. The interactive platform formulates strategic distribution partnerships with online sports networks and serves as the online "destination" sports property.
Simms currently serves as a spokesperson for Bigelow Tea and Hackensack University Medical Center. He is also the color analyst voice for the widely popular video game EA Sports Madden NFL 13.
During a stellar playing career, Simms won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants (1987, 1991) and was named Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXI (1987) when he completed 22 of 25 passes in defeating the Denver Broncos for Big Blue's first Super Bowl win. He currently holds the team mark for most passes completed and attempted for one game (40 completed, 62 attempted). He remains second in franchise history for passes completed and attempted in a season (286, 533) and career (2,576, 4,647). In addition, he is second in Big Blue history for most career touchdown passes (199) and most 300-yard games in a career (21).
The Kentucky native was the Giants first selection in the 1979 NFL Draft out of Morehead State College. Simms would go on to be selected to participate in NFL Pro Bowl games in 1993 and before that in 1985, when he was named MVP of the contest.
Phil and his wife, Diana, have three children, Christopher (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Matthew (New York Jets) and Deirdre, and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Phillip.
2017 Class of Inductees
Maine-Endwell Little League Team
President of the American Football Association
Former Boy’s Basketball Coach at Binghamton High School
Former Athletic Director at Maine-Endwell High School
John W. Fox
Sports Columnist Emeritus at Press & Sun Bulletin
WNBF Radio Sports Director
Former Men’s Soccer Coach at Binghamton University
Former Girl’s Basketball Coach at Vestal High School
Honorees Selection Criteria
For consideration to be nominated to the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame:
1) Person must either be born in the Greater Binghamton Community, or have a long term association in the area (10 years), or be considered “home town” and commonly associated with our area by the general public.
2) The person should exemplify ethical conduct, high standards of sportsmanship, and be respected by the general community.
3) The person must meet one of the following criteria:
a) is or was an outstanding athlete in high school, college, amateur or professional sports,
b) is or was a coach, manager, trainer, official, administrator, or news media person who has made a significant contribution to sports,
c) is a person who is performing or has performed unusual or distinguished services in fostering, developing or effectively helping a sport to prosper.
Net proceeds directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton and Western Broome and establish a location for the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame.
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