Foundation of Defense: Ernie Sims


Published: March 22, 2009


... Florida State University"- Paul Tagliabue

That signaled the beginning of the end for not having a face of the defense in the city of Detroit.

Ernie Sims during his career at Florida State University, was regarded as one of the university's finest since of Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks (1991-'94).

During his 38 game career (started final 24 at RB and OLB), Sims wound up becoming a force on both the offense and defense.

While in his junior season, Sims recorded 180 tackles, 41 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks and forced seven fumbles as a linebacker while rushing, for over 600 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running-back.

Along with that, the following year(senior season) the incredible two way force, Sims increased his presence more on offense yet was considered a more viable threat on defense.

During his senior season, Sims recorded 133 tackles(73 solo), 15 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and at running-back, Sims rushed for...

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