The BC Lions announced prior to the clubs second and final pre-season game against the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night that the club will indeed honour the teams long time CFL record setting receiver Geroy Simon later this season. With Simon in attendance alongside General Manager Wally Buono, it was team president Dennis Skulsky who confirmed Simon and his number 81 would be inducted into the team’s ring of honour prior to the team hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday July 25th.
Simon spent 11 productive seasons in a Lions uniform and is arguably the franchises greatest player winning three grey cups with the club and the 2006 CFL most outstanding player award. Simon’s exploits in BC also put him in in the record books as the all time career leader in CFL receiving yards (16,352) and pass receptions (1,029). Simon’s career as a Lion came to a somewhat controversial end in January 2013 when GM Wally Buono traded him to the Saskatchewan Roughriders after they couldn’t come to an agreement on a suitable contract or role for the veteran. It turned out to be beneficial for Simon as his one season in Saskatchewan ended with him making two touchdown receptions in the Roughriders 2013 Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
It appears any hard feelings between Buono and Simon have been shelved, even though just last month Simon let it be known his wishes were to return to the Lions for one more season in a limited playing role where he could also mentor young receivers. Buono wasn’t very receptive to the idea, preferring to keep the on field chapter of Simon’s BC Lions career closed. Simon admitted there was no animosity between the two sides saying he’s at peace with his decision to retire as a Roughrider this past off season and that it would take too much energy to harbor any ill feelings. Simon has remained in the Roughriders organization where he accepted a role as a regional scout, he added that he would like to be a head coach or GM in the CFL within the next 10 years.