Mark Simoneau

  • Lead KSU in tackles as a junior and senior
  • Named a first-team All-American and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 1999
  • Played ten seasons in the NFL
Simoneau, Mark
Inducted 2011

Born: January 16, 1977 - Phillipsburg, KS

Graduated:Smith Center H.S., 1995; Kansas State University, 2000


Simoneau was one of the best linebackers ever to play at Kansas State. He played for the Wildcats from 1996-99 and was a four-year starter and three-time captain.

K-State Career

Simoneau finished his KSU career ranked No. 2 all-time in tackles (400) and tackles for losses. He played in four bowl games for K-State and led the team in tackles as a junior and senior.  In 1999, he was named first-team All-American, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was the runner-up for the Butkus Award, signifying the top linebacker in college football. Simoneau was named first-team All-Big 12 three times and honored with his name added to the K-State Ring of Honor in 2008.

NFL & High School Career

He played 10 seasons in the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs and finished with 370 tackles.  He led the Eagles in tackles during the 2003 season.  Simoneau was a first-team all-state selection at Smith Center High School during his senior year in 1994. He was also the 1995 Class 3A state shot put champion with a state-record heave of over 60 feet.