Following in his father’s footsteps, a Franklin Lakes native has made it to the big time.
Matt Simms, son of NY Giants legend Phil Simms, made the cut over the weekend to the NY Jets 2013-14 roster, NJ.com reported. The Jets decided Saturday night to keep the reserve quarterback, and let go of Greg McElroy, who was released with an injury, the report said.
Simms, a Franklin Lakes native who played football at Don Bosco High School in Ramsey and at the University of Tennessee, will be one of the 53-member squad, which was finalized over the weekend.
Simms impressed Jets decision-makers and fans in two preseason games last week, helping the team win against the Giants and the Eagles, Newsday.com reported.
"Oh, I tell you what, this young man has really improved now," Jets Coach Rex Ryan said of Simms in an interview with Newsday. "He always had that big arm and everything else. He clearly has the arm talent to play in the league, but quite honestly, I don't know if I've ever seen somebody make the improvements he's made."
The 2013 Jets Kickoff week starts Wednesday, with the team’s first regular season game happening Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Buccaneers.