While co-hosting the “Tiki and Tierney” show on CBS Sports radio, ex-Texas Longhorn quarterback Chris Simms made quite a stir on Thursday when he said he got a lot of ‘$100 handshakes” in regard to giving out his autograph while he was player at the school from 1999-2002.
He said he did not outright get paid, but several boosters and supporters did provide him with some money from time to time.
More from Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com:
“They didn’t pay me, but there may have been cash going around to some other players,” said Simms. “I’m not going to deny that. I may have gotten a few $100 handshakes every now and then to sign some autographs for alumni.
“I don’t care how rich your upbringing was. Yes, I grew up with a silver spoon, but if you give me a few extra $100 as a college kid, that’s great.”
Now, as Simms alluded to in the quote, he is the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms and grew up in a family that could provide whatever he needed (much like Manziel).
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.