Former Western Illinois University football player Carl Sims, 32, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Spokane, Washington. Sims played at WIU from 2004-2008, and finished his career as a Leatherneck with 136 receptions for 1,724 yards and 11 touchdowns. His receptions and receiving yardage figures rank sixth and eighth respectively in the Western Illinois record book.
Sims played high school football at Custer High School in Milwaukee. At WIU he made an impact as a wide receiver, leading the team in receiving during both his junior and senior seasons. He was a two time All Gateway Conference Honorable Mention Team player with the Leathernecks. He graduated from WIU in 2008 with a degree in African-American studies.
Following his time in Macomb, he played for the Indoor Football League. Sims played in the IFL from 2009-2017, finishing second all-time in receiving yards (5,046) and third in career receiving touchdowns (111). He played for the Bloomington Extreme (2009), Billings Outlaws (2010), Sioux Falls Storm (2011-12), Cedar Rapids Titans (2013-15), Billings Wolves (2015), Green Bay Blizzard (2015), Spokane Empire (2016-17) and Nebraska Danger (2017) during his career.
According to his coach with the Empire, Adam Shackleford, Sims had moved back to Spokane to work with kids in the community.