Mark Simoneau only played one game for the Kansas City Chiefs before a concussion ended his 2010 season — and career — but he had a storied career while at Kansas State. It was his time with the Wildcats that earned him a spot in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Class of 2011.
An All-American and the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year after the 1999 season, Mark was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2000 NFL draft.
Mark played 10 seasons in the NFL with Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Kansas City. Playing his last year in the NFL in 2010, Simoneua ended his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Simoneau registered 400 tackles during his career at Kansas State from 1996-1999. A runner-up for the Butkus award, Mark started his career at K-State being named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 1996.
The 50th Anniversary Class of 2011 will be enshrined on October 2 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
He might not have spent much time with the Chiefs, but the fact that Simoneau was able to work his way back to the NFL after being out of the game since 2007 is amazing in itself. Certainly that one game against the Denver Broncos won’t be a career highlight though the accomplishment is something to be proud of even if it ended in injury.
We should all be lucky enough to honored with induction into a Hall of Fame at the age of 34.