It wasn’t long after Corey Simon stepped onto the field for his first Philadelphia Eagles game that we all arrived at a theory. He’s going to be something special. He quickly proved to us all that we were correct. 17 years after his final game in the midnight green, one that doubles as a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, he’s still doing so.
The smoke has cleared. The dust has settled, and the votes have been counted. A former Pro Bowler, former Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team nod (2000), and Super Bowl Champion (he finally got that ring as a member of the Indianapolis Colts), Simon has taken care of business in a hotly-contested race versus incumbent Loranne Ausley for Florida’s Senate District Three chair.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you (or reintroduce you) to Florida State Senator-Elect Corey Simon. Take a gander.
Shortly after the victory, he shared a few thoughts. Thank WCTV in Tallahassee for the quote.
"I want to take my hat off to Sen. Ausley. She ran a great campaign. Very strong. Thank her for her service to our community. She’s been doing this for 12 years, so I take my hat off to her… I may be at the top of the ticket, but there are so many folks behind the scenes who worked extraordinarily hard. It really was a great experience. I really look back on this campaign and can say there’s nothing that I’d go back and change…"
It makes us very happy to read those words.
This is just another accomplishment in the life of one of the great Eagles of the Andy Reid era.
The sixth-overall draft choice during the first NFL Draft of the 2000s, Corey Simon found his way to the City of Brotherly Love after a successful NCAA stint with the Florida State Seminoles. The 1999 college football season, his final run in Tallahassee, was his finest.
He was a First-Team All-ACC nod, the winner of the ACC Brian Piccolo Award, a Consensus All-American, and a BCS National Championship. In 78 career games with the Eagles, all of which he started, he racked up 215 tackles, 32 sacks, 12 pass breakups, and eight forced fumbles.
This past Tuesday, he had taken 53% of the vote to Ausley’s 47% after more than 200,000 votes had been counted. Senate District Three has become a tougher climb for Democrats after the redistricting process and has become fertile Republican territory which could have helped his chances some.
Here’s a tip of the cap to a former Bird that has done well for himself during his life after football. We all wish him the best of luck. There are no doubts about whether he’ll do a great job or not.