KSHOF Inductee of the Week: Mark Simoneau

Mark Simoneau pictured at Kansas State. (courtesy of the KSHOF)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Feb 2, 2017

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Simoneau, Mark

Inducted 2011

Born: January 16, 1977 - Phillipsburg, KS

Graduated:Smith Center H.S., 1995; Kansas State University, 2000

Overview

Simoneau was one of the best linebackers ever to play at Kansas State. He played for the Wildcats from 1996-99 and was a four-year starter and three-time captain. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. 

K-State Career

Simoneau finished his KSU career ranked No. 3 all-time in tackles (400) and tackles for losses. He played in four bowl games for K-State and led the team in tackles as a junior and senior.  In 1999, he was named first-team All-American, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was the runner-up for the Butkus Award, signifying the top linebacker in college football. Simoneau was named first-team All-Big 12 three times and honored with his name added to the K-State Ring of Honor in 2008.

NFL & High School Career

He played 10 seasons in the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs and finished with 370 tackles.  He led the Eagles in tackles during the 2003 season.  Simoneau was a first-team all-state selection at Smith Center High School during his senior year in 1994. He was also the 1995 Class 3A state shot put champion with a state-record heave of over 60 feet, while taking second in the 100-meter dash. Simoneau is currently the owner of Simoneau Sports Performance in Overland Park and was an assistant coach at Saint Thomas Aquinas this past fall.