Claude "Monk" Simons, Jr.Football, 1930-34
Isidore Newman High School/Tulane University/Sugar Bowl

Inducted: 1974

  • The first All-American to return to Tulane as a coach, “Monk” Simons Jr. led Tulane to a 10-1 record and a share of the Southeastern Conference title as a player in 1934, including a 20-14 victory over Temple in the first Sugar Bowl.
  • Led Tulane in rushing, passing and scoring, but may have best made his mark as a kick returner. In the season finale against LSU, he returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, and in the inaugural Sugar Bowl, he had an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD.
  • Served as the Tulane baseball coach (1938-41, 1943-49), basketball coach (1938-42) and football coach (1942-45).The Green Wave won the SEC baseball championship in 1948.
  • In 1956, he was elected to the New Orleans Mid-Winer Sports Association, which became the Sugar Bowl Committee. He served as the organization's President in 1959 and 1960 and was also a long-time chair of the Sugar Bowl's basketball tournament committee and also
  • Inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1975 and is also a member of the Louisiana and Tulane sports halls.
  • Born Jan. 16, 1914 and died Jan. 5, 1975 at the age of 60.