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“Under The Dome” – B.C. Lions SB/R Geroy Simon in the spotlight

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s….

C’mon and roar you Lions roar
Thats what a Lions roar is for
From the mountains to the sea
You are the pride of all BC
RAH RAH!
So buckle down and play the game You’ll lead us on to football fame
We love the L
The I The O, N, S
C’mon and roar you Lions
Roar you Lions Roar you Lions roar
RAH RAH RAH!

Since 2001 Geroy Simon has honored BC Lions fans with his traditional Superman pose, more often than not following one of his many visits to the end zone.

Turning 37 years old this week, Simon is playing in his fouteenth season in the CFL, twelve of which have been with the Lions and is just starting to show some of the mileage on his body.

Through thirty three quarters of football, Geroy is on course for about 70-75 receptions and his tenth straight 1000 yard season.

As a result of  his recent hamstring injury during a road game in Montreal, in which he was primed for a big night with 3 receptions and 31 yards before leaving the game, Simon found himself patrolling the sidelines in BC Place when the Alouettes returned for the back to back series last weekend.

A game over the midway point in the season, Simon is just below his average number of receptions and yardage at this mark in the schedule.

While there is little doubt he will be cleared to play this weekend against the Toronto Argonauts, it is important to keep an eye on if this injury will hamper Simon and the Lions throughout the remainder of the year.

In addition to being statistically below par at this point in the season, the more glaring omission for fans of number 81 is the lack of visits to the “house” this season.  With nine games on his 2012 resume, Simon has yet to team up with Travis Lulay for an end zone celebration.

Geroy Simon

He broke Milt Stegall’s receiving yards record in the first game of the 2012 season on this catch…

Frustrated?

Four years since posting double digit trips to the promise land, fans and Simon are equally frustrated and suprised by his lack of contributions on the scoreboard, especially considering the Lions high powered, high scoring offense.

Although Simon has yet to deliver a touchdown celebration, he has posted three games of over 50 receiving yards, the latest coming in a Lions stomping of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

While many have questioned over the years as to whether or not Simon would be able to hack it in the National Football League, his place in the Canadian Football League nearly stands alone as the greatest receiver of all time.

Breaking Milt Stegall’s receiving yards record in the first game of the 2012 season, Simon is set to post another milestone, hopefully sooner than later and improve a record that he already holds, that of the 100 touchdowns.

Missing his first game in four years last weekend, Simon took to mentoring and supporting his receiving core crew, while at the same time giving the club and fans a small glimpse of what the team may be in for when “Superman” decides to finally hang up his cape.

After capturing his second Grey Cup and his sixth acknowledgement to the CFL All-Star team last year, a successful title defense at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto might suggest to some the ideal time to hang up his helmet. 

However as with the DC Comics superhero, it would be foolish to think that anything other than “kryptonite” could stop Geroy Simon from playing another three to five years in Lions colors.

GEROY SIMON PROFILE:

Jersey:  #81
Position:  Slotback / Receiver
Height:  6’0″
Weight:  198lbs
Birthdate:  September 11, 1975
Birthplace:  Johnstown, PA
Drafted:  Signed as a free agent with the Lions in 2001

2012 STAT LINE:

9 Games, 35 Receptions, 467 Yards, 13.3 Avg Yards, 56 Longest Yards, 0 Touchdowns

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