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Former Alabama QB Blake Sims works out for multiple NFL teams at new position

Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (No. 6) attempts a pass in 2015 Sugar Bowl against Ohio State: Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Blake Sims is not giving up on his NFL ambitions.

The former Alabama quarterback has been working out for multiple teams, according to ESPN staff writer Vaughn McClure. Per McClure, Sims is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

He’s being worked out at running back for Atlanta and Tampa Bay– the team he was with on Tuesday.

Four to six more workouts are on the horizon for the Georgia (Gainesville) native, as he tries to earn his way among the professional ranks. Sims ended his career at Alabama (2010-14) as a fan favorite.

He served at running, wide receiver and backup quarterback, until earning the starting job under center in 2014. Sims became the school’s single season passing record holder that year, accounting for 3,487 yards with 35 total touchdowns (10 rushing) to 10 interceptions.

He guided the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference championship and a berth in the first-ever College Football Playoff. Despite not being taken through seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft, Sims earned tryouts for the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers. Sims even gave Canadian Football an opportunity, signing with both the Tornoto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders–but he would later be released from both teams.

Sims has the intangibles and overall talent to be successful in the National Football League; however, everything comes down to which franchise is willing to give him a fair shot.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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