Legendary BC Lions receiver Geroy Simon will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Wednesday.
Simon won two Grey Cups with the Lions during his 12 seasons with the team between 2001 and 2012. As the CFL’s all-time leading receiver with 16,352 yards, he was an easy selection for the Hall.
“I’m both grateful and tremendously proud to be selected by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for this incredible honour,” said Simon. “Receiving the call from CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge a short time ago will be one of the fondest memories of my football career. I was extremely fortunate to take the field with some of the best players in the history of our amazing league and my thanks go out to them along with my former coaches.”
Simon was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2006 and holds the Lions’ all-time franchise marks for receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns.
“Geroy was a special player who played a significant role in the success of our organization for many years,” said Lions’ GM and head coach Wally Buono. “He was an incredible talent on the field who left an indelible mark on our league and I am proud to offer him sincere congratulations on behalf of our club.”
Simon will go into the Hall along with Anthony Calvillo, Mike O’Shea, and Kelvin Anderson in the player category. Stan Schwartz and Brian Towriss will be inducted in the builder’s category.
The 2017 class will be officially inducted during Hall of Fame weekend in Hamilton in mid-September.