In my first Longhorn Leap pod with Chris Myrick, I claimed he was, “the Chris Simms to my Kyle Shanahan”. The bond between the two may not be one that immediately comes to mind when you think of Longhorn duos, however it should be.
Their friendship started after Shanahan transferred from Duke (Duke, really Kyle?) to Texas in 2000. What happened next was the start of a beautiful friendship. When I first heard how their friendship began, I immediately thought of the Seinfeld episode, ‘The Outing’. A reporter is suspicious of Jerry and George being romantically involved. Unbeknownst to them, they had a typical conversation bickering over a pear in front of her, which out context provided hilarity abound.
The circumstances of Simms and Shanahan are similar as out of context it could raise some questions. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. In a 2006 interview Kyle said that he met Chris for the first time in the dressing room. Chris wanted to know if Kyle wanted to run some routes for him. Kyle of course accepted (how could you say no to Chris Simms?!) and the two had dinner together that night.
I have to admit I’m a little jealous. When I transferred into Texas I didn’t get asked by the starting QB if I wanted to run routes for him or have dinner with him. However, Kyle did and the two are lifelong friends. They even have the ink to prove it. Along with fellow Longhorns – Bo Scaife, Montrell Flowers and Rod Babers – the five friends got tattoos of the other four’s initials. So even though they didn’t put up the prolific numbers of Colt and Shipley or Vince and David Thomas, I employe you to remember Chris Simms and Kyle Shanahan as one of the great Longhorn duos.
The moral of this story is obvious. If you spot a cool bro just chilling in a locker room, strike up a conversation. Maybe throw the ball around with him. If you have the courage, ask him out to dinner. You might have the opportunity to get his initials tattooed on your leg some day, and if God willing, two idiots doing a Texas football podcast will pay homage to you and immortalize your friendship forever.
Simms (smiling) and Shanahan (not smiling) from their days on the 40 acres. One can only wonder where the two of them went for dinner together that evening. Simms is just to Mack’s left while lifelong friend Shanahan is painfully two spots over to Mack’s right.