Matthew Phillip Simms was born on September 27, 1988 in Franklin Lakes, NJ and attended Don Bosco Prep HS in Ramsey, NJ. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms, who played for the New York Giants from 1979-1993 and the brother of former NFL quarterback, Chris, who played with various teams between 2003 and 2010, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. He enrolled at Louisville after high school. As a redshirt freshman, he was suspended for the first four games of the season due to an unspecified violation of team rules. He finished the year playing in two games while completing four of 10 passes (40.0 percent) for 39 yards and an interception. He transferred to El Camino (CA) Community College the following year where he logged 10 starts and led the Warriors to a 8-2 record. He finished the year with 2,204 passing yards, while completing 159 of 269 attempts (59.1 percent) for 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also had a rushing touchdown. He then transferred to Tennessee the following year, where he started eight of 11 games for the Volunteers, earning a 2-6 record as a starter. He finished the year completing 113 of 195 passes (57.9 percent) for 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added a rushing touchdown. The following season he saw action in seven games, earning two winless starts. He finished the year completing 27 of 62 passes (43.5 percent) for 319 yards and three interceptions. He once again added a rushing touchdown to his totals. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft.
Signed by New York Jets on May 6, 2012 ... Cut by Jets on August 31, 2012 ... Re-signed by Jets on December 31, 2012 ... Cut by Jets on August 30, 2014 ... Re-signed by Jets to practice squad on September 1, 2014 ... Promoted by Jets from practice squad to active roster on November 1, 2014 ... Cut by Jets on May 28, 2015 ... Signed by Buffalo Bills on May 29, 2015 ... Cut by Bills on September 4, 2015 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons to their practice squad on September 8, 2015 ... Re-signed by Falcons on January 5, 2016 ... Cut by Falcons on September 3, 2016 ... Signed by Falcons to their practice squad on September 4, 2016.