This is a 2017 photo of Jess Simpson of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 12, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Jess Simpson

DEFENSIVE LINE (DTs)

Biography

Simpson spent the 2018 season as the defensive line coach at the University of Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes finish as one of the top defenses in the country and record 40 sacks, the 11th-most in the nation.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Simpson was a defensive assistant with the Falcons in 2017. Simpson came to the Falcons after spending 22 years on the Buford (Ga.) High School coaching staff, including 12 years as the program's head coach. During his time with the team, Simpson helped the Wolves win 10 state titles, seven of which were won while he was head coach.

As Buford's head coach, Simpson compiled an astounding 164-12 record – a .932 win percentage – and earned the reputation as one of the most successful coaches in the history of Georgia prep football.

Young played 14 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, ending his distinguished career with 89.5 sacks. He joined the Falcons in 2017 and helped the Falcons' defensive line generate 58.5 sacks during his two years with the team.

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