Li­ons’ great, Si­mon, be­comes Hall-of-Famer

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS - By The Cana­dian Press

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 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 . . . it says you were one of the best to ever play in this coun­try. For some­one who didn’t grow up in Canada and thought I’d be here for a year or two, it means a lot to me.”

Join­ing him were run­ning back Kelvin An­der­son, quar­ter­back An­thony Calvillo and line­backer Mike O’Shea in the player cat­e­gory.

For­mer Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers pres­i­dent Stan Schwartz and long­time Saskatchewan Huskies coach Brian Towriss en­ter as builders.

The for­mal in­duc­tion cer­e­mony was Thurs­day night in Hamil­ton.

Si­mon, 42, played 15 CFL sea­sons, in­clud­ing 12 with the B.C. Li­ons (2001-12). The six-foot 198-pound na­tive of John­stown, Pa., re­tired on top in 2013 af­ter help­ing the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers win the Grey Cup on home soil.

It was the third CFL ti­tle of Si­mon’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

The Cana­dian Press

For­mer B.C. Li­ons re­ceiver Geroy Si­mon was in­ducted into the Cana­dian Foot­ball Hall of Fame on Thurs­day night in Hamil­ton.

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