The New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals have shaken hands on a deal that’s set to bring the versatile safety, Isaiah Simmons, to the Big Apple pending a physical examination. In return for this exciting acquisition, the Giants are sending over a 2024 seventh-round draft pick to the Cardinals.
Drafted ninth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, the towering 6-foot-4, 238-pound Simmons boasts a remarkable record of never missing a single game. He’s been a consistent presence, making his mark in 50 regular-season appearances, with an impressive 37 starts under his belt. Over the course of three NFL seasons, his stats speak volumes: 181 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four interceptions (including one memorable run into the endzone), 16 passes defensed, 11 quarterback hits, 13 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
A Journey Through Time: Isaiah Simmons
Take a stroll down memory lane with some of the most captivating snapshots from Isaiah Simmons’ journey in the NFL and his college days.
In the most recent season, Simmons took his game to new heights, setting personal bests in sacks (a whopping 4.0), interceptions (two), tackles for loss (five), and passes defended (a matching high of seven).
This dynamic player’s journey to the NFL began with a remarkable college career at Clemson, where he clinched the prestigious Butkus Award. He etched his name in history as the first player from his program to win this accolade, a symbol of excellence given annually to the nation’s standout linebacker.
Earning the title of 2019 ACC Defensive Player of the Year was only one of the many feathers in his cap. He also earned the distinction of becoming the sixth unanimous All-American in his school’s history, sharing that prestigious roster with former Giant Terry Kinard (1982), Gaines Adams (2006), C.J. Spiller (2009), Da’Quan Bowers (2010), and Christian Wilkins (2018).
Simmons’ journey has seen him evolve from a safety position in 2017 to taking the helm as the starting nickel/sam linebacker in 2018, a pivotal year that saw Clemson clinch its most recent national championship. Wrapping up his illustrious Clemson career with a grand total of 253 tackles (28.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks, 22 pass breakups, four interceptions (including an electrifying run to the endzone), five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery, Simmons accomplished all this in an impressive 1,856 career snaps across 44 games (29 of which he started).