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