Geroy Simon

Athlete

Geroy Simon is arguably the best receiver in the history of the Canadian Football League. His hall-of-fame career spanned 15 seasons, 12 of which were spent as a member of the BC Lions.

A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Geroy is the all-time career leader in CFL receiving yards with 16,352 and third in touchdown receptions with 103 as of 2017. For a time, he was also the leader in pass receptions with 1,029 before being passed by the Montreal Alouettes’ Nik Lewis during the 2017 season.

He was a member of three Grey Cup championship teams, twice with the BC Lions (2006, 2011) and once with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2013) in his final CFL season, and was a CFL All-Star in six of his 15 seasons. He won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 2006.

Geroy was a standout, record-setting player at the University of Maryland prior to beginning his professional career. He also had a brief stint on the practice roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers before making the full-time move to the CFL.

Geroy is a well-known figure in the community often donating his time to helping the Lions community programs as well as coaching amateur football in Cloverdale. Since retiring as an active player, Geroy has made to the move to the front office first working with the Saskatchewan Roughriders returning to the BC Lions fold.

The 2017 calendar year has proven to be a ‘Hall’ of a year for Geroy. In addition to being inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame, Geroy also joined the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame this year. Geroy was also inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

The BC Lions retired Geroy’s No. 81 in 2014.