Fast Facts

  • First writing experience came from a steady column called "Ramblings" in The Crusader, Holy Cross's school paper; later served as the paper's sports editor.
  • Worked for the Boston Herald soon after college covering high-school sports and penning sports profiles and editorials; also freelanced for the Boston Phoenix.
  • Gained notoriety with a column dubbed "Boston Sports Guy" for an online site called Digital City Boston; it earned him an offer from ESPN.
  • Left the Boston area after being hired to work as a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live; he left the show to write full-time for ESPN. 
  • Columns appear in ESPN.com's "Page 2" section; formerly wrote a column for ESPN The Magazine, calling it quits in July of 2009 after seven years.
  • Executive producer for ESPN's documentary series, 30 for 30.
  • Hosts a podcast on ESPN called the BS Report; interviews tend to be sports-focused but guests range from sports analysts to actors to comedians, and even to friends.
  • Authored the books Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help From Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank and the 2004 Red Sox and The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy.
  • Created a recurring cartoon short that appeared on ESPN.com called the The Sports Guy.

Awards

  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: Nominee
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: Nominee
  • 2017, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • William Simmons — Father
  • Kari Crichton — Wife
  • Ben Simmons — Son
  • Zoe Simmons — Daughter

College

  • College of the Holy Cross, Greenwich, MA (BS in Political Science, 1992); Boston University, Boston, MA (MA in Print Journalism)

Details

  • Birth Name: William J. Simmons
  • Birth Place: Worcester, MA
  • Profession: Author, Journalist

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