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Geroy Simon
№: 81     BC Lions
Date of birth: September 11, 1975 (1975-09-11) (age 34)
Place of birth: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): SB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Jersey №: 81
College: University of Maryland
Organizations
 As player:
1999-2000
2001-present
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Awards:
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Geroy Simon (born September 11, 1975, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is a slotback with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. As of the end of the 2009 CFL season, Simon is seventh in career receiving yards with 12,547 yards, ninth in pass receptions with 773 and sixth in touchdown receptions with 84.

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College career

Simon finished second on the University of Maryland's all-time charts for receptions (185) and receiving yards (2,059), and caught 10 career touchdown passes. As a senior, he caught 35 passes for 534 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had his best season as a sophomore, setting an ACC record with 77 catches for 891 yards and 5 touchdowns. That season, he also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Professional career

1999-2000: Saw some time at slotback and wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing in 10 games in 1999 and all 18 regular season games in 2000. Simon caught 51 passes for 725 yards and 7 TDs in 2000, all career numbers at the time.

2001: Joined the BC Lions as a free agent and served as a backup at the slotback position, seeing time in 6 games.

2002: Led the Lions with 50 receptions in his first full season in the starting lineup, finishing with 754 yards. He also threw for a 71-yard touchdown toss in his only attempt of the season. He established career highs in kick returns with 51 punt returns for 464 yards, 19 kickoff returns for 385 yards and six missed field goal returns for 128 yards.

2003: Recorded his first 1,000 yard receiving season with 1687 yards and was named both a Western and a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career. Named Offensive Player of the Week for Week #16. He also scored his first two-point conversion on a five-yard reception. For the second consecutive season, he threw a touchdown pass, this time for 52 yards. He also had a career high seven carries for 135 yards and one rushing touchdown.

2004: Became the third Lions player to record 100 receptions in a season with 103 catches. He broke Darren Flutie's BC Lions team record for single season receiving with 1,750 yards. Caught 3 passes for 31 yards in the 2004 Grey Cup. Received his second straight Western and CFL All-Star berth and was named Offensive Player of the Week in Week #9.

2005: Led the Lions in receiving (both yards and receptions) for the third straight season. Ranked 4th in the CFL in receiving yards with 1,322 and 5th in receptions with 89. Set an all-time Lions playoff record with a 90-yard reception for a TD vs. Edmonton in the 2005 West Final.

2006: Simon led the CFL in receiving yards and receptions, with 1,856 yards on 105 receptions and 15 touchdowns, all of which are career highs. Consequently, he broke his own team receiving yards record that he set in 2004. He also tied the CFL record for most 100 yard receiving games in a season with 11. Evidenced by his dominant play, Simon was named the CFL Offensive Player of the Month for both September and October. For his efforts on the season, Simon was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CFL for the 2006 season. He capped off the season by contributing four catches for 41 yards in the BC Lions' 2006 Grey Cup win.

2007: Simon had a difficult start to the season, accumulating only 449 yards and one touchdown through ten games. However, it turned out that he had saved his best for last and caught 38 passes for 859 yards and six touchdowns in the final eight games, incidentally, all wins for the Lions. He set a personal best 18.2 yard average per catch and claimed his second straight receiving title with a 211 yard performance in the final game of the season.

2008: On July 25, 2008, in a home game against the Montreal Alouettes, Simon surpassed Jim "Dirty 30" Young for the number one spot as the Lions all-time receiving yards receiver. He finished the season with 10,262 career receiving yards. He also became the Lions all-time receiving touchdown leader surpassing Young's 65 with his 66th touchdown on Sept 27, 2008 versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He finished the season with eight 100 yard receiving games and finished second in receiving despite missing two games with injury.

2009: With the release of Jason Clermont before the 2009 CFL season, Simon and Paris Jackson were the only remaining 1000-yard receivers on the 2009 BC Lions team and Simon routinely faced double and triple coverage by opponents reducing his receptions.[1] Nonetheless, Simon had 79 receptions for 1,239 yards, securing his seventh straight 1000-yard receiving yards season.

Simon is currently signed with the BC Lions into the 2011 CFL season.[2]

Statistics

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
1999 WPG 10 34 306 9.0 25 0 Team did not qualify
2000 WPG 17 51 725 41.2 80 7 2 4 54 13.5 31 1
2001 BC 6 14 182 13.0 33 1 1 5 56 11.2 32 0
2002 BC 17 50 754 15.1 42 2 1 5 88 17.6 31 0
2003 BC 18 94 1687 17.9 103 13 1 3 11 3.7 5 0
2004 BC 18 103 1750 17.0 89 14 2 8 73 9.1 18 0
2005 BC 18 89 1322 14.9 83 10 1 3 112 37.3 90 1
2006 BC 18 105 1856 17.7 92 15 2 8 75 9.4 13 0
2007 BC 18 72 1308 18.2 96 6 1 5 50 10.0 18 1
2008 BC 16 82 1418 17.3 79 10 2 9 179 19.9 46 1
2009 BC 18 79 1239 15.7 62 6 2 9 141 15.7 48 0
WPG totals 26 85 1,031 12.1 80 7 2 4 54 13.5 31 1
BC totals 157 688 11,516 16.7 103 77 13 55 785 14.2 90 3
CFL totals 174 773 12,547 16.2 103 84 15 59 839 14.22 90 4

Personal life

Before ultimately choosing football as a career, Simon was an excellent basketball player after falling in love with the sport at a young age. He also took up baseball and track, but became attracted to football after watching Walter Payton. Envisioning a career in professional football, he accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland. During his spare time, Simon listens to B.B. King, watches Sportscentre, and plays pool. Geroy lives in Langley, British Columbia during the season with his wife Tracy and his three children, Gervon, Jaden, and Jordan.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Damon Allen
CFL MOP
2006
Succeeded by
Kerry Joseph
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