Kendall Simmons, a two-time first team All-SEC offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion, is headed back to his alma mater in an off-field role.
"I'm extremely excited," said Simmons, a 2002 first-round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I'll look forward to the opportunity to be around the team, learning as well as adding my knowledge from my playing career."
Simmons started 36 games for Auburn from 1997-2001 and played seven seasons for the Steelers from 2002-2009. Simmons won two Super Bowls with the Steelers, Super Bowl XL and XLIII in the 2005 and 2008 seasons, respectively. He retired after the 2009 season after stints in Buffalo and New England.
"Coach Malzahn has always been good to me over the years," Simmons said. "I really appreciate the opportunity he's given me to come in and be a part of the staff. I'm going to do the best I can. I'm going to work hard and try to learn as much as I can from Coach Malzahn, Coach Grimes and whoever else I have an opportunity to come in contact with, so I'm excited about it."
All five offensive line starters from 2018 are returning next year for Auburn. Head coach Gus Malzahn is taking over play-calling duties.
Earlier Saturday, reports said Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton will be moved to an off-field role.
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