Phil Simms hasn't exactly buried the hatchet with Desmond Howard.
But the father of Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms surely won't be mixing it up with the ESPN analyst in public anymore.
Angry about on-air comments from Howard critical of Matt Simms before UT played at LSU in October, Phil Simms and Howard had a heated exchange that nearly came to blows in the days leading up the Super Bowl last week in Dallas. And though the elder Simms hasn't changed his mind about Howard, a former Heisman Trophy winner, he did apologize for his actions on Monday in radio interview on SiriusXM.
"It's over," Simms told Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. "And, you know, and I'm sorry. I really, I mean this, I'm sorry it happened. I really am because even if it remained private, there's still nothing gained.
"So I've learned another lesson."
Perhaps another was the way social media can allow any event to spread nationally in a matter of minutes, which Howard helped the confrontation do by using his Twitter account to pass along his account shortly after it happened.
And aside from the analysis of his son, that appears to have bothered the former Super Bowl MVP quarterback with the New York Giants just as much.
"Well, of course I am (annoyed), but it is what it is," Simms said. "It's a great lesson learned and of course I'm not excusing myself. You know, I've got to know better. It's a new day and age. I talked about it the week before, or whatever, the week after the championship games with Jay Cutler so it's kind of the same situation.
"And, you know, you've got to know that I think about those things all the time. It's just not good on my part, either. I understand that."