Ronald "Ron" Simmons (born May 15, 1958) is an American retired professional wrestler and American football player. He competed under his real name and the ring names Faarooq Asaad and Faarooq. He is currently signed to the WWE under a Legends program.
|Born||May 15, 1958|
|Lives in||Marietta, Georgia|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Ron Simmons|
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed from||Warner Robins, Georgia|
|Trained by||Hiro Matsuda|
He competed in the National Wrestling Association (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (WWF/E). During his time in WCW, he became the first African American to win the World Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Big Van Vader on August 2, 1992. In the WWF, he is known for being one-half of the Acolytes Protection Agency along with Bradshaw and was also a member of The Nation of Domination. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Bradshaw in 2012.
Simmons played college football at Florida State University. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He played one season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Browns and one season in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
- "OWW Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
- "WWE: Superstars > Raw > Ron Simmons > Bio". WWE.com. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- "WCW World Championship - Ron Simmons (August 02, 1992 - December 30, 1992)". WWE. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
- "College Football Hall of Fame. Ron Simmons: Member Biography". National Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
- An interview with Ron Simmons, conducted by Thomas Chamberlin Archived 2009-08-03 at the Wayback Machine
- WWE Profile
- Ron Simmons at Accelerator3359.com
- Ron Simmons at Canoe.ca[permanent dead link]
- Ron Simmons at Online World of Wrestling
- Solie's title histories
- Ron Simmons on IMDb
- Florida State University Year-By-Year Photos Archived 2008-10-31 at the Wayback Machine
- Florida State University Official Athletic Site Archived 2009-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Heisman Trophy Archived 2004-12-12 at the Wayback Machine