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The Ricky C. Simmons Story

A story of a young black athlete raised in Greenville, Texas, in the 1960s. Born John Doe, he remained nameless until his parents, Clyde and Bertha Simmons, adopted him with the given name Ricky C. Simmons. Blessed with tremendous talent that led him to everything from state championships to national championships only to find himself just one play too short.

Ricky’s story

The Documentary

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Ricky C. Simmons, rises from humble beginnings in small-town Texas to football stardom, only to lose it all.

  • Features NCAA Hall of Fame Head Coach, Tom Osborne
  • Features Heisman Trophy Winner Mike Rozier and Husker Legend Irving Fryar
  • Explores the history and racial tensions of small-town Texas in the 60s
  • Explores the culture of drug use in professional sports through personal accounts
  • Provides first-hand insight into life within the prison system