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Billy Sims Wiki Biography

Born as Billy Ray Sims on the 18th September 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri USA, he is a former American Football player, who played for the Detroit Lions in the running back position. His career was active from 1980 until 1984, when he suffered a career ending injury. After that he started several business ventures, including nightclub and radio station, among other projects.

Have you ever wondered how rich Billy Sims is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Sims` net worth is as high as $100,000. This amount would have been higher, however, he has had several financial problems, and even filed for bankruptcy, as his business career hasn`t been very successful.

Billy Sims Net Worth $100,000

Billy spent his childhood in his hometown, but moved to Hooks, Texas when he reached eight grade. There he went to the Hooks High School, becoming interested in football, ultimately one of the best players in his class, setting several records, including for most rushing attempts at 1,128 times, and most consecutive games with 100 yards or more.

Following matriculation, Billy enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where he continued playing football. Although he was troubled by injuries, Billy managed to make a mark by becoming the UPI Player of the Year, winning the Heisman Trophy, and naming as a Consensus All-American.

After college he entered the 1980 NFL Draft, in which he was selected as the first overall pick by the Detroit Lions; this marked the beginning of his professional career, and an increase in his net worth.

In his first season, Billy recorded 1,303 rushing yards, and 13 touchdowns, earning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The following season was his best, as he had 1,437 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns, and also had 451 receiving yards, and two rushing touchdowns. In 1983 he missed several games due to an injury, and had only 639 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

1984 season was his last in the NFL; during the season he suffered a knee injury in a match against the Minnesota Vikings, andunderwent a surgery and rehabilitation, before trying to return to the field two years later, however, it was unsuccessful and he retired.

In 1989 he again tried to make a comeback, and spoke with Lions` GM Russ Thomas and owner William Clay Ford  Sr. but he was never offered a new contract.

During his career, Billy received several prestigious awards and recognitions, including three appearances in the Pro-Bowl, 1980-1982, First-team All-Pro in 1981, and UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year in 1980, among other awards.

After it became certain that Billy wouldn`t play football again, he decided to use money he earned during his career to open a few businesses of his own.

His first venture was a nightclub, later he started a radio station, and a car parts manufacturing store. However, all of these ventures went out of business, and led to Billy`s bankruptcy.

He was forced to sell his Heisman trophy, and found a buyer in businessman Bob White for $50,000.

Regarding his personal life, Billy has married twice, however, there are few details about his marriages, except that his first wife name was Brenda, and the name of his second wife was Edna. His first marriage ended because of his bankruptcy, and second after he was arrested because of domestic violence reported by his wife.

Full Name Billy Sims
Net Worth $100,000
Date Of Birth September 18, 1955
Place Of Birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 1.8 m
Weight 96 kg
Profession American football player, National Football League (NFL) Player for five seasons during the 1980s
Education Hooks High School, University of Oklahoma
Nationality American
Spouse Brenda Sims (m. 1979–1992), Edna Sims
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BillySimsBBQ/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/billysimsbbq/?hl=en
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1763889/
Awards Offensive Rookie of the Year (1980), UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year (1980), Consensus All-American (1978, 1979), Heisman Trophy (1978), UPI Player of the Year (1978)
Nominations NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1, Number 20 (Detroit Lions / Running back), Big Eight Player of the Year (1978, 1979), First running back in Big 8 Conference, Pro Bowl (1980–1982), First-team All-Pro (1981), Second-team All-Pro (1980), College Football Hall of Fame
1 Tied for 75th with Calvin Hill and Don Perkins on NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List (42).
2 Ranks 32nd on NFL All-Time Rushing Average List (4.515).
3 Ranks 92nd on NFL All-Time Rushing Yardage List (5,106).
4 Running Back for the Detroit Lions (1980-1984).


Title Year Status Character
30 for 30 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Sooner Magic 2005 Video documentary Himself
NFL Monday Night Football 1982-1983 TV Series Himself – Detroit Lions Running Back
The NFL on NBC 1981-1983 TV Series Himself – Detroit Lions Running Back
The NFL on CBS 1980-1982 TV Series Himself – Detroit Lions Running Back
1980 NFL Draft 1980 TV Special Himself – 1st Overall Pick
1979 Orange Bowl 1979 TV Movie Himself – Oklahoma Sooners Running Back

Source: XYZ

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