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The Rouge: Where does Simon rank among the all-time greats?

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
7/3/2012 12:11:06 AM
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It was early in the fourth quarter of BC's 33-16 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Travis Lulay hit Geroy Simon down the near sideline for a big 56-yard pickup.

It wasn't Milt Stegall's dramatic catch-and-run touchdown that previously broke the record back in 2008, but the result was the same – history was made.

In a season-opening weekend full of storylines, Simon setting a new CFL record for all-time receiving yards was the biggest.

The 36-year-old B.C. Lion was of course already in the conversation, but with the receiving yards record now under his belt, it's a good time to ask, is Geroy Simon the greatest CFL receiver of all time?

Simon finished the night with 15,192 receiving yards – just the start of an extremely impressive resume for the 14-year veteran.

Simon is in the top five of several all-time receiving categories including receptions (fifth with 950), and touchdowns (third with 98).

The Maryland product is also a model of consistency. Simon will be looking to put together his 10th straight 1,000 yard receiving season. He's never had less than six touchdowns per season in that span as well.

Simon's best season came in 2006, hauling in 105 passes for 1,856 yards and 15 touchdowns – numbers only marginally better than his 2004 totals, a similarly outstanding season. Simon was named a league all-star and awarded the Most Outstanding Player award for his efforts in '06.

The five-time league all-star also has two Grey Cup rings, winning his first back in 2006 and his second last November at BC Place.

Outside of a Grey Cup MVP, there isn't much Simon hasn't done in the CFL.

On a list that includes superstars like Allen Pitts, Hal Patterson, Ben Cahoon, and the former all-time leader in receiving yards, Milt Stegall, Simon has surely worked his way near the top.

The Rouge asks: Where does Geroy Simon rank among the greatest CFL receivers of all time? And remember, Simon has no plans to retire any time soon – he still has a few years to make his case.

Geroy Simon (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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