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Kenneth Wayne Sims, born on October 31, 1959, had a remarkable career in both college and professional football as a defensive end. He played college football at the University of Texas, where he became a two-time consensus All-American. Sims was the first overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, selected by the New England Patriots, with whom he played his entire professional career.

During his college career at the University of Texas from 1978 to 1981, Sims established himself as a dominant force on the defensive line. He earned multiple All-American honors and became the first-ever recipient of the Lombardi Award for the Longhorns in 1981. Sims' exceptional play and leadership contributed to Texas' success, leading the team to four consecutive postseason berths and victories in the Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl. He holds several records at Texas, including career forced fumbles and high rankings in sacks, fumble recoveries, and tackles for loss.

In 1982, Sims embarked on his professional career with the New England Patriots, where he played for eight seasons. He was crucial in guiding the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance following the 1985 season. However, Sims faced various injuries throughout his professional career, which limited his playing time. Despite the challenges, he remained dedicated to the team and supported implementing a voluntary drug testing program initiated by the Patriots.

After retiring from football, Sims remained connected to Texas Athletics, participating in letterman functions and supporting youth football camps. He was inducted into the University of Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2021. Sims currently resides in Round Rock, Texas, enjoying his retirement.


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