Chris Sims’ accomplishments as kicker for the 1999 5A State Champion Garland Owls football team have earned his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. Sims’ strong leg and solid kicking helped guide Garland through a very successful period in the late 1990s. During his 1999 senior season, Sims was key in three playoff wins. His three field goals versus Lufkin helped advance the Owls to the next round of playoffs with a 26-20 victory. Then, against a highly favored South Grand Prairie team at Texas Stadium, Sims kicked a 38-yard field goal in the pouring rain to tie the game 38-38 and take the game to overtime. There, he was called on once again and split the uprights for a 41-38 win, which advanced his team into the state title game. Garland defeated Katy, 37-25, for the title.
Sims was selected as a Texas All-star to play against Oklahoma in the Annual Oil Bowl Game. His 60-yard field goal to win the game 11-9 is an all-time Oil Bowl record and earned him MVP honors for the Texas team. That year, he was selected All-District, All-Area, and All-State by the Texas Coaches and Sportswriters Association. He graduated May 2000 in the top-ten percent from Garland High School. Sims accepted a scholarship to Texas A&M University but a recurring back injury ended his football career.
Sims had a record-breaking 1999 season, with several marks remaining in place at the time of his induction. He ranked No. 1 in GISD history for extra points in one game (8, vs. Naaman Forest), and field goals in one game (3, vs. Lufkin). His 19 field goals that year ranked No. 1 in GISD and No. 4 in Texas high school football history. Sims’ 64-consecutive extra points and 121 points scored that year were also tops in GISD and No. 1 in Texas high school football history.