A 'damn' big honor
From the gridiron to the squared circle, WWE's own Ron Simmons has achieved many great things in his career, but he "damn" sure still had room for one more accomplishment: The College Football Hall of Fame.
On May 1, Simmons, a former nose guard for Florida State University, was elected by the National Football Foundation's selection committee to join the prestigious Hall of Fame alongside Troy Aikman, Lou Holtz, Billy Cannon and 11 other former players and coaches.
"I just didn't think there were any more awards coming my way at this point in my life," an emotional Simmons told WWE.com. "I have received lots of awards for college football like All-American and Heisman Trophy [candidacy], but I never gave a thought to being elected into the College Football Hall of Fame."
This is just the latest distinguishment for the former NFL Cleveland Brown player turned World Heavyweight Champion, a distinction which made history as Simmons became the first African-American in history to hold the title.
"It is a great honor," Simmons added, before praising his former program under the coaching of Bobby Bowden. "I am proud to have been a part of a great college football program like Florida State University."
The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in December as part of Fiesta Bowl weekend, just months before the enshrinement in summer 2009 at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. While Simmons eagerly awaits these festivities, the former APA member also emphasized that he looks forward to returning to WWE television in the very near future.