Roy Simmons visited such quiet, dark, lonely depths that you had to wonder if he ever saw blue sky. Only pages into the book he wrote in 2006 — “Out of Bounds: Coming out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet” — he took the reader to the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge. There, thoughts of suicide nearly carried him over the rail.
Simultaneously, Simmons’ story contains such testimonials to his gregariousness — teammates at Georgia Tech in the mid-1970s called the good-natured offensive lineman Sugar Bear — that he appears an impossible contradiction.
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