Auburn alum and NFL standout Kendall Simmons is returning to Auburn to join the football program in an off-the-field role, the school announced Saturday.
Simmons was a two-time all-SEC offensive lineman and a two-time Super Bowl champion in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The announcement that Simmons is joining Auburn in an off-field role comes the same afternoon the Opelika-Auburn News confirmed running backs Tim Horton would be switching to an off-field position within the program earlier Saturday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Both moves come on the heels of the departure of now-former Auburn assistant athletic director for football Patrick Suddes, who was introduced an addition to Georgia Tech’s staff earlier this week.
“I’m extremely excited,” Simmons is quoted as saying in an announcement made by the school Saturday. “I’ll look forward to the opportunity to be around the team, learning as well as adding my knowledge from my playing career.”
Simmons was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2002.
He started 36 games in his career at Auburn from 1997-2001.
He won Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.
Simmons will work under Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, and would find a natural place in assisting Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.
“Coach Malzahn has always been good to me over the years," Simmons said. “I really appreciate the opportunity he’s given me to come in and be a part of the staff. I’m going to do the best I can. I’m going to work hard and try to learn as much as I can from Coach Malzahn, Coach Grimes and whoever else I have an opportunity to come in contact with, so I’m excited about it.”