|Born:||August 3, 1943|
|Died:||November 7, 1994 (aged 51)|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Stephen F. Austin (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26|
|AFL draft:||1965 / Round: 5 / Pick: 40|
(by the Buffalo Bills)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Dave Simmons (August 3, 1943 - November 7, 1994) was a professional American football linebacker in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Georgia Tech.
Simmons was selected in the second round (26th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 1965 AFL Draft. He was a backup linebacker and played on special teams. In 1966, he injured his ribs while playing against the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth game of the season and was placed on the injured reserve list.
He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1967 NFL expansion draft. He was a part of franchise's inaugural season and played in eleven games. On August 15, 1968, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fourth round draft choice (#102-Bob Hudspeth).
Simmons was an ordained Baptist minister. He helped to establish King's Arrow Ranch for troubled children in Lumberton, Mississippi. He started his personal ministry in Little Rock, Arkansas. He wrote the books "Dad the Family Coach" with the foreword provided by Tom Landry, "Dad the Family Mentor" with the foreword provided by Howard Hendricks and "Dad the Family Counselor". On November 7, 1994, he died in a one-car accident in Tennessee, while traveling to Atlanta.