Penn State DE enters transfer portal after initially announcing end of college football career
Shane Simmons has had a change of heart.
On Monday, Simmons announced on Twitter that he has reconsidered his options and the opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL and will utilize an additional year of eligibility next season. However, he will not finish his career at Penn State.
Simmons has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and will explore his options outside of State College. He had initially decided to retire from football after the 2020 season came to an end.
“I loved my time at Penn State and being a Nittany Lion. I thought that I was finished [with] football and ready for the business world, but over the past few months I’ve done a lot of soul searching and realized that my love and passion for football is still there and my ultimate dream is still to play in the NFL,” Simmons wrote. “As much as I loved my time at Penn State, I’ve decided that I need to start this next chapter of my football life with a clean slate and have put my name in the transfer portal. I’m a proud Penn State Alum and Letterman and Penn State will always be part of who I am.”
Simmons spent five seasons at Penn State, redshirting as a freshman in 2016 before playing a full four seasons. Because of the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility, the defensive end can still play during the 2021 season.
Last season, Simmons appeared in all 9 games at Penn State and totaled 16 tackles, including 3 sacks. Over the course of his four-year career with the Nittany Lions, the defensive end piled up 59 stops with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He’s played in 43 games.
Penn State closed out the 2020 season with a 4-5 record.