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Okolona Hometown Hero will grace Southern High School

Wednesday August 19, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt %74-4137-526-3622

Phil Simms, Southern High School graduate, Super Bowl XXI MVP, 15-year NFL veteran and lead analyst for the CBS Sports Network's coverage of the NFL will be honored as an Okolona Hero on Friday, August 21st.

His image will be installed on the east side of Southern High School where he played quarterback for the Southern High Trojans.

Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) and the Southern High School Alumni Association, along the group Hometown Heroes, have spear headed the drive to get Simms image on the high school.

“I am very excited to have a Hometown Hero installed in Okolona and am very proud to have it be my fellow Trojan, Phil Simms,” said Flood. “I hope every student who sees the mural and passes through these doors everyday will see proof that big dreams can come true.”

After graduating from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., in 1979, Simms went on to led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He completed 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI, defeating the Denver Broncos, 39-20, to give the Giants their first Super Bowl title.

“This image will show the students at Southern what you can accomplish in life,” says Flood. “He and the other Hometown Heroes around town show everyone that we as a community have made an impact on the rest of the country and the world.”

This season, Simms and Jim Nantz pair for their fifth season as the Network's lead NFL announce team. This season, Simms also serves as a host of INSIDE THE NFL on Showtime alongside James Brown, Cris Collinsworth and Warren Sapp.

Simms was the first Super Bowl winning quarterback to exclaim “I’m going to Disney World!” after his victory. This phase is now ingrained in American pop culture.

He joins an expanding rooster of Hometown Heroes that have been placed throughout Metro Louisville. Those heroes include: Pee Wee Reese, Diane Sawyer, Muhammad Ali, Pat Day, Patrick Henry Hughes and Judge Louis Brandeis among others.

Madonna Flood (D) 24