A former NFL player was in Mountain Home Wednesday for a couple of speaking engagements about diabetes, a disease he has lived with for the last 14 years. Kendall Simmons spent six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive lineman after being a first round pick out of Auburn where he was a two-time All-SEC selection. During his time with the Steelers he earned two Super Bowl rings.
Prior to the start of his second season in 2003, Simmons says he started having health problems but didn't know what it was.
Simmons says diabetes had an immediate impact on his ability to play professional football.
Simmons is now 38 and is a patient ambassador for Novo-Nordisk, a healthcare company in the field of diabetes, and spends a lot of time on the road for speaking engagements.
Simmons, his wife and five children live in Auburn, Alabama.
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