Most of us have seen the impressive video of "Jumpin Jerome" flipping into the endzone and landing on his feet for six points as a Bengal last season. Many of us Vikings fans watched his sick reach over catch at mini-camp or his hurdling of Jairus Byrd in the pre-season game against Buffalo. Here are some things you may not know about our new WR and what he brings to the Vikings offense this season beginning week four against the Lions.
Starting in High School at Reidsville N.C. and all the way through his college career at Coastal Carolina University, Simpson excelled not only in football but in basketball and track & field as well. He earned a host of accolades for his schools in these sports including a championship record of 13 catches, 133 yards of receiving and even a 62 yard touch-down pass. In track he holds the current Coastal Carolina U records for the long-jump and the high-jump. Not too surprising right? Attempting to tackle him in the open field may put you in an embarrassing highlight reel. What most of you dont know is that at some point your WOW character may have been pwned by Simpson as his Computer Technology major makes him a bonified computer nerd.
Okay so we know this nerd can jump. Did you know he is fast as h***? He has been clocked at 4:35 in the 40 yard dash. That is every bit as fast as DeSean Jackson who made The Bleacher Reports "Top 25 Fastest Players in NFL History" list. Needless to say his speed and his vertical will no doubt make him a nightmare to cover anywhere on the field. Throw into the mix his super-sticky hands and amazing ball control abilities and this fan is more than excited about Simpson in purple this year. I predict strong chemistry between Ponder and Simpson and I look forward to seeing the Vikings talent hogging the post-game highlights in 2012.
So this is the part where a few of you will bring up his suspension. I do not have too much to say about it except that Michael Phelps is no worse for the wear......