Report: CFL’s all-time leader in career catches, yards “expected” to retire

AP

The CFL’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards is reportedly set to retire.

According to Farhan Lalji of TSN, Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Geroy Simon is “expected” to call it quits after a 15-season CFL career in which he hauled in 1,029 passes for 16,352 yards and 103 touchdowns.

The 38-year-old Simon caught 40 passes for 565 yards and three touchdowns for Grey Cup-winning Saskatchewan in 2013. He played the majority of his career for the British Columbia Lions, for whom he had two seasons of 100 catches or more.

A University of Maryland product, Simon had NFL stints with multiple clubs, including the Buccaneers and Steelers. His first CFL season was in 1999, when he caught 34 passes for Winnipeg. It was the start of a prolific career.

25 responses to “Report: CFL’s all-time leader in career catches, yards “expected” to retire

  1. Congrats, dude. I kinda liked watching the CFL but it’s hardly ever on TV in the US anymore.

  2. Over 9.2 miles @ 16 yards per catch. All time leader in professional football. Belongs in Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Too bad they don’t recognize the CFL.

  3. In most cases they could not make an NFL roster… But that being said it’s a different game played with different rules.. Wrong place at the wrong time, undersized or just not being good enough would describe the American talent in the CFL…. Back in the 40-50-60s the talent level was at par with the CFL paying more money and the dollar value being more

  4. luz56 says:
    May 31, 2014 9:37 PM
    In most cases they could not make an NFL roster… But that being said it’s a different game played with different rules.. Wrong place at the wrong time, undersized or just not being good enough would describe the American talent in the CFL…. Back in the 40-50-60s the talent level was at par with the CFL paying more money and the dollar value being more
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    It could be argued that there were many CFL players that could play well in the NFL in any era.Nobody would argue that the overall talent is on par, but they have always had their share of great players.

    They don’t have the politics we have to contend with down here. Many players go to Canada because they’re wanted here and it’s not always because of lack of skill. The most famous player is Warren Moon, starred at UW, winning the MVP of the Rose Bowl, only to be rejected by the NFL.

    He was the best college QB that year, but was forced to settle for leading The Edmonton Eskimos to numerous Grey Cups, before taking over in Houston.

    If you look closely, the CFL hasn’t changed much, but the NFL is actually playing more like the CFL, where the game is more fan-friendly and wide open.

  5. Warren Moon actually won 5 consecutive Grey Cups…sub-par talent, I think not.

  6. I agree that the NFL is becoming more like the Canadian game with it being more wide open … I’ve had family and friends play in CFL and they all second my comments and would agree with yours.. .. Warren Moon had only one option because of bigotry and racism… Jeff Garcia started in a Calgary and refined his game.. With Flutie the game was more his style

  7. He should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

    There are members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton that never played a snap in the NFL.

  8. A fan of the CFL, I actually watched and followed Geroy Simon. He’s a fierce competitor, and the NFL missed it on his talent. He’s beloved in Canada. Hey, if we’re doing a veteran exchange – maybe a NFL team can see what he brings to the mix since Montreal is kicking the tires on Chad Johnson.

  9. I would like to see CFL’s MVP and NFL Pro-bowler Cameron Wake opinion about this discussion. My opinion: NFL is not more “Canadian” in his style, it is more “NCAA” spread offense style. The field his huge, and it is a 3 down game… No choice but passing… A lot…

  10. A very good player and a class act. Xenu D. Alien, lately there have been CFL games on NBCSN and ESPN2, and every game that isn’t on TV is online on ESPN3, if you have access to that.

  11. The last thing that is needed is for Canton to be mucked up with CFL players. There are plenty of deserving NFL players who aren’t in yet.

  12. I don’t care if it is a passing league, that is mad production. Heck, just lasting 15 seasons playing professional tackle football is worth some props.

    Plus keep in mind even though they play earlier in the year there are still plenty of bad-weather games so that makes those receiving stats even more impressive.

  13. The two leagues are as similar as the NBA and the WNBA. The Moon example is terrible. That was all about race, not talent. Wake is just the exception, there are a few.

    If they coulda, they woulda. They’d make a hell of a lot more money in the NFL.

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