I can state that emphatically because I was a captain and we had strong leadership in the locker room. In the book, he admitted to having wild and crazy nights, including the before he played with the Redskins in the Super Bowl, his last game in the N. After working as a baggage handler at Kennedy Airport, he tried to return to the Giants inbut did not make the team. According to Roy Simmons's brotherthe former N. According to Simmons' brother Gary, the former NFL player lived alone and spent several stints in drug treatment after his playing career. The New York Post said Simmons died "sitting quietly in his chair," and quoted friend and co-autobiographer James Hester as saying, "I guess he is at peace now. Roy Simmons was a star football player while a student at Georgia Tech when he was drafted in the eighth round by the Giants in
He moved to San Francisco, where he was frequently homeless, said he made money as a prostitute and once knifed a man during a back-alley drug deal.
Roy Simmons, who came out as gay after retiring from NFL, dies at 57
He played three seasons in New York, playing in every regular-season game in that time and starting 29 of them. He advocated for everyone to get tested for HIV and then be honest—"to yourself, your family and any sex partners"—about the results. In the stands that Sunday, he said, were friends he had invited, including three lovers, two female, one male. Fourteen years later, Simmons published his autobiography, " Out of Bounds. A star at Beach High School, he received scholarship offers from several colleges before deciding on Georgia Tech. Inhe announced that he was gay on The Phil Donahue Show. Simmons learned he had H.
The cause was complications related to pneumonia. Simmons later said that he fell into problems with substance abuse during his time in the NFL. Roy played for the Giants late 70's and early 80's. Though Simmons developed a habit of getting intoxicated and visiting bathhouses near the Georgia Tech campus, his college friends did not suspect that he was gay. Simmons appeared briefly in the United States Football Leaguebut his professional career was over by