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Bill Simmons Biography

Birth Name:
William J. Simmons
Birth Place:
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Author, journalist

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


  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program: winner
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Series: nominated


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