Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson (81) runs between Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) and safety Robert Golden (21) during the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin-USA TODAY Sports

Jerome Simpson Makes a Special Effort to Show He’s Moved Beyond His Problems


A shout out to Jerome Simpson, who isn’t always at the top of the list when it comes to Vikings players making a positive impact in the community. Simpson apparently had a very positive impact on some kids struggling with addiction problems when he recently hung out at P.E.A.S.E. Academy, a special high school in Minneapolis.

Never mind that Simpson was there to fulfil part of the community service requirement stemming from his DWI bust last November. Prosecutors say Simpson actually went beyond the 120 hours of court ordered community service, clocking extra time, and interacting with students at the academy on a level beyond what was expected of him.

Simpson reportedly gave a talk to the students where he expressed genuine regret over his past run-ins with the law (besides the DWI bust, Simpson was also busted for marijuana possession a couple years back). He sat with students, participated in activities, served lunch and even went tubing with the kids.

It’s not jumping into Lake Minnetonka to save some boaters, but it’s still pretty big stuff.

Is this a sign that Jerome Simpson has turned a corner and is ready to take life, and football, more seriously than he has in the past? Or is it just a case of a guy wanting to make a good impression on a judge with two years of probation still ahead of him? I don’t know. I just know that this isn’t the kind of “giving back to the community” you’ll see publicized by the Vikings on their website or Twitter feed, and I wanted to make sure people were aware of Simpson’s efforts.

We’ve given Simpson a lot of grief over the years – and I believe his actions have often warranted it – and it’s only fair that we give him kudos when he does something good. He deserves the shout out for his efforts with the P.E.A.S.E. Academy kids.

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  • MikeH123

    Simpson wasn’t just busted for simple marijuana possession, but rather 2.5 pounds (with intent to sell), a felony. The question is whether the Feds trapped him like they did in the movie starring the Rock.

    On the football side, Simpson is the Vikings weakness on offense. He lacks the typical speed of an X WR to stretch the field.

    • Bob E.

      Its the dropped passes that stand out in my mind… The 2012 game at Soldier Field when he dropped like 7 passes was infuriating.

  • David Ellison

    Not fast? Quote: Former Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson had a stellar Sunday of workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis helping his NFL Draft stock even more.

    Former CCU wide receiver Jerome Simpson had a great day at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis

    Former Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson had a stellar Sunday of workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis helping his NFL Draft stock even more. Simpson had three top 10 performances in individual testing. His broad jump of 11’4″ is believed to be an all time combine record according to his agent Dave Butz. Simpson improved his time in the 40 yard dash which could help him climb the draft board breaking 4.5 seconds in both of his runs.

    NFL Combine Results

    • MikeH123

      Sub 4.50 is flanker speed. X WRs are preferably under 4.40 and 4.43 at the most.

  • Gregg Z

    He does make some clutch 3rd down conversion catches or draws Pass Interference calls at crucial times. I think he also does some things to get into the heads of the opposing DB’s. I may value him more than other folks but for me he does add value.

  • Cool Jack

    These coaches will turn him into the player he can be….

  • David Mallow

    he won’t make the final roster, with his suspension looming and remember we have guys like Smith, Theilen, Foster and Lora that are looking good, so he could be cut … I think we can.make up for his one TD he had last year elsewhere

  • Benjamin McCorison

    Why are so many people haters on Jerome Simpson? He’s obviously done enough to earn contracts with the Vikes. Yes, they’ve all been prove it deals, but if you watch game tape, the dude has made some brilliant catches since he’s been a part of the Vikings. Look at the catch he made in the first game of the season last year against the Lions. Christian Ponder overthrew him by a couple feet and he still came down with the ball. He’s still got the speed to beat out corners on the edge and the vertical to outstretch defenders in hauling in a pass that might be slightly overthrown (I.E. Christian Flounder). Don’t forget about the pass interference calls he seems to have a knack for getting. The dude’s a stud as a 3rd or 4th option at WR. Who cares about pot. DWI’s are a different story but karma has come back to haunt him by not getting a multi-year deal, OBVIOUSLY. lol I think the guy is faster (especially in full pads) than we give him credit for. He will contribute this year just as he did last year. Keep him around, especially if he can prove to stay out of trouble off the field from now on. Of course CP, Jennings, Rudolph, AP, Wright, McKinnon will have their share, but when 81 gets his number called, he will continue to contribute when he can. I like him. 420 forever. Haha he’s still better than “yes I can jump, but I’m slow as f***, Sidney Rice..” lol