Clyde Simmons (Clyde Simmons) was born on August 4, 1964 in Lanes, South Carolina. After going to high school at New Hanover High School, Simmons attended Western Carolina University. Simmons made his professional NFL debut in 1986 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals over the course of his 15 year career, primarily as a Defensive Lineman.
In 1991, the Eagles defense finished the season ranked #1 in the NFL in terms of fewest yards allowed overall, vs. the run, and vs. the pass. As such, the Birds became only the fifth club in NFL history and the first since 1975 to accomplish this rare triple. In addition, the Eagles’ defense led the NFL in sacks and fumbles recoveries and tied for the league lead in takeaways. Five members of that defensive unit represented the Eagles in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl – DEs Reggie White and Clyde Simmons, DT Jerome Brown, and LB Seth Joyner were selected as starters while CB Eric Allen also made the NFC squad. The selection of White, Simmons, and Brown marked only the sixth time in NFL history that three defensive linemen from one team were elected to the Pro Bowl. Most people believe that 1992 was Clyde Simmons’s best year, as he recorded 19 sacks.