2012 (Wpg): Winnipeg’s nominee for Most Outstanding Player, Simpson electrified fans and ignited life into a stagnant rushing attack when he made his debut on Jul 18/12 against the Toronto Argonauts after missing the first three games due to injury. He carried the ball 15 times for 91 yards in that game and showed opposing defences just how hard he was to take down as he broke tackle after tackle and never gave up, always reaching for that extra yard. Simpson finished fourth in the league in rushing with 1,039 yards on 173 carries and his six-yard average was tops amongst all starting running backs – all this despite missing four games. Not only was he dominant running the ball, but he was also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield, recording at least four receptions in five different games and finishing the year with 33 receptions for 276 yards. Simpson broke the century yard mark twice, rushing for 134 yards on Sep 21/12 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for which he earned the league’s Offensive Player of the Week honour, and a season-high 136 yards on Oct 19/12 against the Argos. Perhaps the play that most fans will remember him for came on Aug 3/12 against the Montreal Alouettes when he caught a dump pass from quarterback Alex Brink and broke seven tackles before being taken down in enemy territory.
2008-2010 (NFL): Simpson signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent and played in 25 games over the course of two seasons as a reserve running back and kick returner, before being picked up by the Washington Redskins in 2010 where he appeared in three games. His NFL totals include 55 kickoff returns for 1,301 yards and one touchdown while also racking up 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.
Divisional All-Star: 2012
Morgan State Bears (NCAA Div.1 FCS): Simpson transferred to Morgan State from South Florida and set the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,402 rushing yards as a senior.
Signed as a free agent on January 19, 2012.