Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

August 6, 2013

Column: Ex-WVU QB was physical therapist for 50 years

MORGANTOWN — Chuck Simpson, a quarterback on West Virginia University’s football team from 1956-59, is retired and still resides in Charleston where he grew up.

He played football, basketball and competed in track and field at Stonewall Jackson High School under the guidance of the late Russ Parsons. He garnered All-State first team honors as a senior in football.

Simpson, who’s now 79 years old, said he enjoyed playing football for the late Art “Pappy” Lewis. “We had some good players and came up with some good victories,” he said.

One that sticks out in his mind was a 7-6 upset of the Texas Longhorns in 1956 in Austin. He was just a freshman then and a reserve signal-caller.

The Mountaineers played only 10 games per season during that period. There were some tough times, but there also were some tremendous triumphs.

Besides the win at Texas, West Virginia defeated old rival Pitt twice 7-6 and 23-13, Wake Forest 27-14, Syracuse 7-0, George Washington twice 31-14 and 5-12, and tied old rival Penn State 14-14.

Simpson, who’s still a close friend of Morgantown’s Fred Wyant (WVU QB 1952-55), graduated in 1959 with a degree in physical education and biology.

Then he attended DT School in Leesdale, Pa., and received a physical therapy degree. That institution was associated with the University of Pittsburgh.

So now Simpson was set to start his own physical therapy practice in the Kanawa City section of his native Charleston.

He spent an amazing 50 years in that highly successful business. He said he has no idea how many people he had as patients during that half century.

“But quite a few of them were athletes,” he noted. “I really loved doing what I did as a physical therapist.”

Chuck and wife Margaret, who also is a graduate of WVU, have five grown children—all daughters. They also hold degrees from the University.

Their names are Amy, Kelly, Stacy, Shelly, and Lori. All five played tennis.

The Simpsons have nine grandchildren. The oldest, Carson, is a junior at George Washington High and plays on the school’s football team.

His positions are linebacker and guard.

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