June 20, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Former Western Washington University football standout Shane Simmons was placed on waivers and released on June 12 by the NFL Oakland Raiders.
Simmons was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Simmons, a graduate of Kentlake High School, was a D2Football.com honorable mention All-American and a first-team North Central Conference all-star last fall as a senior at Western. He led the North Central Conference and ranked fourth nationally among NCAA Division II schools in total tackles (12.5 avg.), and was ninth nationally in solo tackles (6.3 avg.).
As a junior, Simmons was the national leader in solo tackles (9.8 avg. per game) and topped the NCC in total tackles (11.2 avg.) through the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury.
Simmons was a first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as a sophomore for the Vikings after seeing action as a true freshman at Division I-BCS University of Idaho.