Bombers react to Simon’s CFL record

- July 2nd, 2012

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers took Sunday off to rest but will be back on the field at 11 a.m. at Canad Inns Stadium on Monday to prepare for Friday’s game against the Montreal Alouettes.

Tough week for the East Division as all four teams lost in Week 1.

We talked about B.C. Lions SB Geroy Simon breaking the CFLs All-time receiving record on Friday night at B.C. Place, but here’s what some folks had to say about it:

“You ask anyone who plays against him. He’s 36, but he doesn’t play like he’s 36. He’s like any  20-year-old because he’s taking care of his body during the off-season. He works hard and he doesn’t rest on what he did in previous years and that’s why he’s able to play so well.”
— former Blue Bombers slotback and CFL Hall of Famer Milt Stegall

“It’s been pretty special to watch him over the years. He’s been a consummate pro. When I came in the league, he was just starting to come into his own. He’s been a good representative for the league. Congratulations to him.”
— Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice

“It’s exciting, I won’t even lie. It’s a great thing. This is my second year here (in the CFL) and I see one of the best players to play the game playing on their side. I guess it’s inspiring at the same time.”
— Blue Bombers receiver Kito Poblah

“For Geroy, it’s obviously a big deal for him to break that record. He’s been tremendous over the years and he’s a great player. We’ve got to give him congratulations because he’s done it year in and year out. At the end of the day, he deserved to break the record and what better team to do it against than the team where he started his career at.”

— Blue Bombers defensive back Jovon Johnson

“Like I always say, he’s a good player and I’ve seen that since I came here (to the CFL). In 2009, he gave me good worked and I learned from it. I’m going to learn from this (too), knowing he broke the record on us.”

— Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney

“I’m proud of him. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that league allowed me to play with the top two receivers in the league, in Milt Stegall and now, Geroy Simon. That’s a lot of history. We joke in practice that we’ve got a lot of miles in our shoes and it’s paid off. It’s well-deserved. He still has it and I’m still learning from him. He’s a complete receiver and a future Hall of Famer.”

— Lions receiver Arland Bruce

Geroy Simon fact box
Hometown: Johnstown, Pa.
Age: 36
Height: 6-feet
Weight: 198 pounds
College: Maryland
Games played: 211
Career touchdowns: 98
Career receptions: 940
Career receiving yards: 15,192
Most Outstanding Player in 2006
CFL All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
Spent 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Inside the numbers: Here are the four teams Simon has done the most damage against

Saskatchewan Roughriders: 33 games, 171 receptions, 2,586 yards, 16 TD, 10 100-yard games
Edmonton Eskimos: 31 games, 137 receptions, 2,411 yards, 20 TD, 10 100-yard games
Calgary Stampeders: 35 games, 144 receptions, 2,194 yards, 9 TD, 8 100-yard games
Montreal Alouettes: 25 games, 127 receptions, 1,961 yards, 12 TD, 7 100-yard games

Notable
* Record-breaking catch came on a 56-yard reception from Travis Lulay at 4:57 into the fourth quarter

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