May 11, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers on an undrafted free agent contract according to a release by the National Football League organization early Sunday.
Simmons will initiate his professional career by participating in the team's mandatory rookie mini-camp, which runs Friday through Sunday, May 16-18.
A four-year letterman and three-year starter at the right guard position, Simmons earned All-Conference USA honors as a junior and senior. He opened 38 of 42 career contests and played a key protection role in the top four passing seasons in Pirate history, including a record-breaking 4,265-yard total in 2013. Simmons' units helped rack up over 50 offensive single-game and single-season standards, and earned national Top 10 rankings in major statistical categories such as passing offense (8th/2010), scoring offense (8th/2013), third-down conversion percentage (7th/2013) and redzone efficiency (3rd/2012, 5th/2010).
The Pirates produced over 400 yards of offense on 10 occasions during Simmons' senior campaign, a year in which he blocked for a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. His leadership in the trenches paved the way for the program's third post-season appearance in four years, which was capped with a 37-20 victory over Ohio in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
Simmons, 23, is an Ahoskie (N.C.) native who prepped at Hertford County High School.
Additional rookie free agent signing announcements which involve former Pirates will be released once officially confirmed by their respective NFL teams.