Football fans all over the world are used to seeing New York Giants legend (and Franklin Lakes resident) Phil Simms serve as a hard-hitting color analyst for the NFL on CBS, but they’ve NEVER seen him partake in a roast!
Phil was roasted by his former Big Blue teammates to raise money and awareness for St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City at JC’s Casino in the Park. The charity event- which raised more than $100,000!- was attended by over 400 people, including many Giants among men: Howard Cross, Phil McConkey, Brad Benson, Bart Oates and Jim Burt.
“We’re here to bury Phil Simms, to knock him into next week”, Phil McConkey joked. “But we’re also here to make sure that the school lasts for a long, long time.”
St. Anthony’s is best known for its basketball program, led by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley. Despite the school’s success, they must stage fundraising efforts year-round to keep its doors open.
Last year, Phil attended the roast of NBA coach PJ Carlesimo, and volunteered to be roasted in 2014 because “it’s the least I can do for a man like Coach Hurley”. (Fun fact: Newark’s Shaquille O’Neal has also raised awareness for St. Anthony’s!)
Attendee Dennis Gibbons summed up the event- and it’s ties to the Garden State- best: “People in New Jersey resonate to the Giants, they resonate to St. Anthony’s, they resonate to winners…and that’s what New Jersey is all about!”