Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Goodbye Geroy!!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today import receiver Geroy Simon is retiring from the Canadian Football League.
Simon is a veteran of 15 CFL seasons playing 238 career regular season games. The Johnstown, PA native originally entered the league with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, signing as a free agent in March 1999 out of the University of Maryland. In October, 2001 Simon joined the B.C. Lions where he would spend the next 12 seasons before spending 2013 in Saskatchewan.   
At 38-years-old, Simon will retire the Canadian Football League all-time leader in career receptions with 1,029 and receiving yards with 16,352. His 103 career receiving touchdowns rank third all-time. He also caught a pass in 188 consecutive regular season games. 
‘Superman’ spent his final and only season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders last year after being acquired by the team in January, 2013. In 15 regular season games he accumulated 565 yards and three touchdowns on 40 receptions. He then added 36 yards in two playoff games before going off for 67 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions in the Grey Cup. 
At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Simon was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player after racking up a career high 1,856 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Through his career he was named a Division All-Star seven times while picking up League All-Star honours six times. 
He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won with the B.C. Lions in 2006, and 2011, then with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013.
GEROY SIMON BY THE NUMBERS  16,352 – career receiving yards (CFL record)  1,029 – career receptions (CFL record)  223 – career regular season games  188 – consecutive games with a reception  103 – career receiving touchdowns  63 – career 100 yard games  18 – playoff games  9 – consecutive 1,000 yard seasons (2003-2011)  7 – Division All-Star honours  6 – CFL All-Star honours  3 – Grey Cup championships  3 – seasons led CFL in receiving yards  2 – career touchdown passes going 3/5 for 137 yards  1 – CFL Most Outstanding Player Award (2006)


Anonymous said...

I wonder in 25 years if we'll look back at the DVD or roster and go "Wow, I forgot Geroy played for the Riders" ?

I think he should retire a lion. He had he most success there and IMO that's who he should be remembered with.

It was always fun watching him play, except maybe on a September day at Taylor Field in 2007, ;)

Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

I think it says something for the organization when he retires as a Rider and not a Lion. He spent his best years there so why not!

Anonymous said...

Saw your tweet today about where he says his last game was his most fulfilling game, but not his best one. Great statement!


Anonymous said...

In just a few short years the Roughriders have gone from telethons to keep afloat to handing out phony jobs to one-year-alumni. I can think of several grissled old veterans that deserved a golden handshake more than 'I'm Geroy'.


Anonymous said...

Good riddance ! He'll probably stick around for the remainder of what's left on his excessive playing contract disguised in a made up Roughriders job.