Ex-Texas quarterback Chris Simms caused quite a bit of commotion on Thursday after he said he received “$100 handshakes” for signing memorabilia for people associated with Texas.
Facing some backlash for his comments, Simms said there was a misunderstanding about what he said and that it was really no big deal. He was adamant that no one at the school directly paid him.
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“It was unbelievable [my comments] gained that much steam,” he said. “To clarify it, it’s pretty simple. Yes, did I receive a $100 handshake when I was at Texas? Yes, I did. Not once, but twice, to be honest with you.
“It was not prearranged like, ‘Hey, can you come here and sign some autographs for me and I’ll give you money?’ No, this was outside of the University of Texas campus. This was not on campus.
“The city of Austin is full of Texas alumni. Guys I would see around, at a restaurant or whatever it would be, this just happened to be, yes, a Texas alumni at a restaurant, had a few jerseys. ‘Hey Chris, can you come over and sign a few jerseys for me?’ I had met him and his son before.
Simms had previously made his comments on the “Tiki and Tierney” show on CBS Sports radio on Thursday.
After his playing day at Texas, Simms went on to play six years in the NFL with stints at Tennessee, Denver and Tampa. He is now a NFL analyst at Bleacher Report, as well as doing radio spots with CBS Sports radio.