Hall of Fame re­ceiver Si­mon never ex­pected to be in Canada for long

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When Geroy Si­mon first came to Canada, he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to stay long.

Af­ter be­ing re­leased by the NFL’s Pitts­burgh Steel­ers, Si­mon joined the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers in 1999 fig­ur­ing Canada was a means to­wards kick-start­ing his pro ca­reer south of the bor­der.

But Si­mon never left. He has a per­ma­nent res­i­dence in his adopted home­land and is now one of the head­lin­ers of the Cana­dian Foot­ball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.

“I thought I’d be here for a year or maybe two, then go back to the NFL,” Si­mon said. “But I’d al­ways played in a pass­ing of­fence grow­ing up and when I got to the CFL it just felt very com­fort­able for me play­ing in this type of game.

“Once I made the de­ci­sion I was done with the NFL and was stay­ing here, my ca­reer just took off. This (Hall of Fame in­duc­tion) is very spe­cial.”

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