NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titan's owner Amy Adams Strunk on Friday defended the team's decision to draft defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, calling him a "great man" who learned from the 201
Simmons was moved to tears when Strunk addressed the succession of the March 2016 case – where a 17-year-old Simmons was captured on video that hit a woman who fought with her sister – and vouched for his character . Simmons accused no competition for simple assault and was allowed to enroll in the Mississippi State, where he was suspended for a game. He has repeatedly expressed remorse for what happened and gratitude for getting another chance with Bulldogs.
Strunk said she saw the graphic video but still felt comfortable signing the team's choice.
"We discussed the incident and saw the video together," she said. "It starts with confidence from Mike (Vrabel, Titan's head coach) and Jon (Robinson, general manager of titans). I had to be comfortable because I ultimately had the final decisions. It didn't take me long to see that this young man had an event in high school. We can all look back on our lives in high school and wish we had done things differently. "
Robinson and Titans conducted extensive interviews with Simmons and people in Mississippi State to better understand The defensive tackle character, and Tennessee as a group decided he deserved another chance. Strunk pointed to Nashville as a place that gives people other chances.
"The best thing is that he has lived the life," I am really sorry, and I must be a good man. "It made it easy for me to be comfortable with Jeffery," she said. "We get a great football player, it goes without saying, but we get a big man. Our closet is so important. We only have good men in there and this young man is a good man."
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Simmons was visibly emotional as Strunk vouched for his character.
"I made a mistake and I regret it," he said at the initial press conference. "To hear her say all that, I'm grateful. The key word she said was trust. I tell her in front of you that she can trust me. I won't let her down or one of those guys [Robinson or Vrabel] I'm grateful. "
Simmons was considered a top-five draft of the prospect, but it fell, but his stock fell due to a combination of the 2016 assault case and a torn ACL suffered during the post-season training.
Although he is unlikely to be on the active roster when the season starts, the team expects him to have a significant impact in the future.
Defensive than Brent Urban, which the team signed on Friday, had to pay more immediate benefits. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound free agent previously played for Titan's defensive coordinator Dean Pees in Baltimore.