Tulane Football All-Americans

Tulane Football All-Americans
Claude ?Monk? Simons, Jr. ? 1934 ? Halfback

The first All-American to return to Tulane as a coach, ?Monk? Simons Jr. led Tulane to a 10-1 record and a share of the Southeastern Conference title as a player in 1934, including a 20-14 victory over Temple in the first Sugar Bowl. Simons led Tulane in rushing, passing and scoring, but may have best made his mark as a kick returner. In the season finale against LSU, he returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, and in the Sugar Bowl, he had an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD. Simons would return to Tulane as head coach from 1942-45. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1975 and is also a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls.
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