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Former Texas QB admits he got ‘$100 handshakes’ from alumni while in school

Chris Simms (2) when he was with the Texas Longhorns in 2002.
Chris Simms (2) when he was with the Texas Longhorns in 2002. The Associated Press

Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms has a bright future as a sports talk radio host.

On Thursday, Simms was filling in on a show hosted by Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber when he casually dropped an ancedote about being paid for signing autographs. Simms was with the Lornghorns from 1999-2002.

“There might have been cash going around to some other players,” Simms said. “I’m not going to deny that. I got some $100 handshakes every now and then for signing some autographs for a big alumni. He might have a bunch of jerseys he wants me to sign. Sure, he’d give me a $100 handshake, that was the best.”

You can hear the whole discussion here:


Not surprisingly, Simms clarified his story on Friday, saying the $100 handshakes happened twice and that then-coach Mack Brown and his staff had no knowledge of the transactions.

“This was outside of the University of Texas campus,” Simms said. “This was not on campus. ... This just happened to be a Texas alumni at a restaurant had a few jerseys. ... I signed the jerseys not even worried about being paid and then I got a $100 handshake and I thought it was really cool. But to imply that Texas had anything to do with this, that’s so crazy.”

Simms said it happens everywhere and at every level.

You can hear that here:


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