Kendall Simmons was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on September 6, 2009...Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first-round (30th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft...Released by Pittsburgh on February 26, 2009.
GP/GS (Playoffs): 81/80 (7/7)
- A veteran of seven NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, has played in 80 regular-season games and seven
- Has played in 32 regular season games with 10 starts and has played in five postseason games with one start.
- Was selected as the 2002 Joe Greene Performance Award recipient as the team's rookie of the year that was voted on by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the pro Football Writers Association,
2009 (1/0/0/6): Played in his first game with the Patriots versus the Tennessee Titans (10/18).
Buffalo (9/14): Inactive. at N.Y. Jets (9/20): Inactive. Atlanta (9/27): Inactive. Baltimore (10/4): Inactive. at Denver (10/11): Inactive. Tennessee (10/18): Saw his first action as a member of the Patriots on special teams field goal blocking units in the Patriots' 59-0 shutout victory over the Titans. at Tampa Bay (10/25): Inactive.
2008 (4/4, 0-0 - Pittsburgh): Started the first four games of the season at right guard...Suffered an Achilles injury in a Monday Night Football game vs. Baltimore (9/29) and was placed on injured reserve.
2007 (16/16, 1-1 - Pittsburgh): Played in all 16 games and the AFC Wild Card Game against Jacksonville...His protection helped Ben Roethlisberger establish a team record with 32 touchdown passes.
2006 (14/14 - Pittsburgh): Started in 14 games at right guard...Helped pave the way for Willie Parker to gain 1,494 yards rushing, the third-highest in team history...Helped Parker set a franchise record with 223 yards rushing vs. Cleveland (12/7).
2005 (16/16, 4-4 - Pittsburgh): Started all 16 games and all four post-season game, including Pittsburgh's 21-10 Super Bowl win over Seattle...In the Super Bowl, helped Pittsburgh gain 181 yards on the ground.
2004 (0/0 - Pittsburgh): Missed the entire season with a knee injury that occurred at the end of training camp.
2003 (16/16 - Pittsburgh): Started all 16 games at right guard despite a health issue that happened before the start of camp that forced him to lose 30 pounds.
2002 (14/14, 2-2 - Pittsburgh): Started 14 games and two post-season games as a rookie at right guard...Missed two games due to injury...Was selected as the 2002 Joe Greene Great Performance Award recipient, awarded to the team's rookie of the year.
Was an All-American first-team selection by the NFL Draft Report as a senior...Was a consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice...Received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the best blocker in the SEC...Moved from guard to left tackle as a junior in 2000...Started first three games at left guard in 1999 but was redshirted due to an ankle injury...Played in nine games, starting five left guard as a sophomore in 1998. Played in every game as a true freshman in 1997, starting at left guard three times.
Married (Celesta Henry) with two daughters (Kensley and Laila Alexandra)...Was a three-year starter at Ripley (miss.) High...Was an All-State and PrepStar All-America selection as a senior...Recorded 70 tackles and four sacks, forced five fumbles and returned one for a touchdown as a senior defensive lineman...Was named District Defensive Most Valuable Player...Was chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game...Also played baseball and basketball.