BILL PARCELLS NEARLY TRADED PHIL SIMMS EARLY IN HIS NY GIANTS' CAREER
"What would Phil
Simms have been without the New York
Giants? What would the New York
Giants have been without Phil
Simms? It's a scenario that was much closer to reality than many people realize.
While appearing at the Long Island Association’s 2012 annual luncheon in
Westbury, New York
last Wednesday, former quarterback Phil
Simms detailed a rough start in the relationship between he and then-head
"I always thought [my full name] was Effing Simms," he recalled. "I used to
have to check my birth certificate and make sure my name started with a ‘P’ and
not and ‘F.’ And, if I did well, it was just ‘Hey, boy’ or something like
After being benched early in his career, he had had enough. Simms demanded a
trade from New York; a
trade request Parcells was all to happy to grant.
“People would tell me, ‘Hey, you hung in there.’ I was like, ‘What else was I
going to do?’ Before that, I told Parcells, ‘Trade me now!’ He tried, but the
organization wouldn’t let him," Simms said.
With the storybook already closed, we know how that fairytale ended. Simms
wasn't traded and he spent the entire duration of his 14-year NFL career with
Big Blue. He'd eventually become the Giants' all-time leading passer, and would
retire with two Super Bowl championships and one Super Bowl MVP award.
It's one of the best trades that never happened."