MOREHEAD, Ky. --
Saturday evening's Morehead State football fundraiser with former Eagle and two-time Super Bowl champion Phil Simms raised $136,700. More than 300 people were on hand for the event inside MSU's Academic-Athletic Center.
"Tonight was a milestone event," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. "We can't thank Phil enough for his generosity and support of Morehead State football. We are also incredibly thankful for the 300-plus people who attended and helped us raise money."
The festivities began at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet session. The program featured dinner, a live auction and five award presentations. Simms, Tenyer, President Dr. Wayne D. Andrews and Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson addressed the crowd.
A touchdown experience vs. Eastern Kentucky, Homecoming guest coach opportunity, Simms autographed helmet, Simms autographed jersey and tickets to an NFL game, plus a behind-the-scenes tour from Simms, encompassed the live auction.
Former players from the past six decades were in attendance. Postseason team awards bearing the names of Simms, Dave Haverdick, John Christopher, Jim Appel, Mike Appel and Mike Gottfried were introduced and plaques were presented.
"I've communicated with Rob several times since he took over as head coach (in 2013), and this is something we both wanted to do," Simms said. "I'm excited to do what I can for Morehead State football. I want to help the program moving forward."
A graduate of Southern High School in Louisville, Simms played for the Eagles from 1975-78. He tallied 5,545 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He is also a 1995 MSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
Simms played for the National Football League's New York Giants from 1979-93. He shattered 19 franchise records and led New York to Super Bowl victories after the 1986 and 1990 campaigns. His numbers are retired by both the Giants (#11) and Morehead State (#12).
Simms currently works for CBS Sports on the network's lead NFL broadcast crew.
"We appreciate Phil attending today's practice in the rain and speaking to our players afterwards," Tenyer said. "His presence really energized our young men. I could tell a genuine excitement when Phil watched them on the field and spoke to them after our workout."
Simms was visiting his alma mater for the first time since 2011.
"The Morehead State campus looks great," Simms said. "This place looks better and better each time I come back. It's been awesome seeing so many great friends, former players, former coaches, current players, current coaches and supporters of Eagle football."
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