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After the Gridiron: Guest CFL Legend Geroy Simon

CFL Legend Geroy Simon

Geroy had a long and successful Hall of Fame career playing 17 years of professional football. He spent a couple years in the NFL with the Bengals, Eagles, Steelers and Bucs, with the majority of time spent with the Buccaneers. The majority of his playing career was in the CFL and the BC Lions, but he also spent time with the Blue Bombers and Roughriders. He has developed a love for cooking since retiring and loves to spend time grilling up food on the BBQ. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, football was always big for him and his family. His love for the game developed at a young age, however he didn’t start playing organized football until 7th grade. He grew up loving basketball as well and played that along with track and field as a kid. He just loved to play all kinds of sports and compete. Basketball was his first love, however football was where he excelled the most and would be his best sports option. He chose to attend the University of Maryland after high school due to their run-and-shoot offense that they had which was similar to what he had at his high school. It would give him a chance to showcase his skills as a receiver and have a prominent role on the team. He played as a true freshman and had an immediate impact on the team.

After college, he was not drafted, but was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released by the team and bounced around a few teams, including his hometown Steelers, until he landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The next year he was on their practice roster for the whole season before being released. As a guy who tends to play best when “the lights are on,” he didn’t get a true chance to show what he could do in the NFL. He did get his chance in the CFL where he excelled when he landed with the BC Lions. He won 3 Grey Cups while in the CFL with each carrying special meaning to him. The 1st one he won in 2006, which was his 1st championship at any level. His last one was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and in that game he recorded his first 2 touchdowns in the Grey Cup game. After retiring, he knew he wouldn’t come back even if approached by a team. He was offered a position with the Roughriders by Brendan Taman, who brought him to the league originally while with the Blue Bombers years prior. He then was offered a position with the Lions, where his family was which he happily accepted. He is now the Director of Canadian Scouting with the team and has seen an improvement in the level of Canadian talent in the game. For more info on Geroy, follow the links below to his social media outlets.

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