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All Geroy Simon wanted was the chance to play. Joe Ledley Wales Jersey . The native of Johnstown, Pa., knew little about the CFL in 1999 when he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a rookie free agent. Fourteen years later, Simon is close to leaving his mark as the most prolific receiver in league history. Simon, 38, already the CFLs all-time receiving yards later, needs just six catches to eclipse Ben Cahoons career mark of 1,017. And the Saskatchewan Roughriders veteran slotback can break the record Sunday night against his former team, the B.C. Lions. "I didnt know much about the CFL when I came up here, I had bounced around the NFL and felt like I wasnt getting a fair shot," Simon said Wednesday during a conference call. "I just wanted to go somewhere where I was going to have an opportunity to play and I know if I got a true opportunity that I would do well. "Obviously I didnt think Id be No. 1 in the history of a league thats over 100 years old . . . when I first got here and looked at the record book and saw Allen Pitts (at 14,891 career yards) I just hoped to have just one 1000-yard season. I just wanted to play football no matter if it was north or south of the border, I just wanted a true opportunity to be a professional and show I can do it and at a high level." The six-foot-two, 198-pound Simon is just one of three players in league history to accumulate over 1,000 career catches -- Cahoon and Terry Vaughn are the others -- and has amassed 16,128 yards and 103 TDs over his illustrious 15-year CFL career. "Ben and I have been friends for a long time," Simon said. "He was a great player in this league and Im honoured to have an opportunity to break a record of such a legendary player." And if Simon scores a touchdown against B.C., hell strike his traditional Superman pose. "Of course," he said. "I feel fans expect that and its something Ive done throughout my career. "It wont change since Im playing B.C." Simon spent his first two CFL seasons with Winnipeg before signing with B.C. as a free agent following the 2000 campaign. Simons career took off with the Lions with six league all-star nominations and two Grey Cup titles (2006, 11). Simon also captured the CFLs outstanding player honour in 06 after registering 105 catches for 1,856 yards and 15 TDs, all career highs. Simon was a model of consistency with B.C., registering nine straight 1,000-yard seasons. But he missed five games with hamstring injuries last year and was limited to 54 catches for 700 yards and two TDs. Once the 2012 campaign ended, Simon was open to restructuring his contract with B.C. but had said if the club didnt want him back hed look at playing elsewhere. Lions GM Wally Buono gave Simon and his camp permission to gauge interest in a potential trade, and on Jan. 24 the veteran was dealt to Saskatchewan for receiver Justin Harper and a 2014 third-round draft pick. An upper body injury forced Simon to miss Saskatchewans first three regular-season games. But when he joined the starting lineup, Simons role was to mentor and complement young guns Chris Getzlaf, Weston Dressler and Taj Smith while providing a veteran presence and leadership. "I think I bring a presence in the locker-room and on the sideline," Simon said. "I think I have a voice a lot of people will listen to because of the success Ive had in the past . . . a lot of younger players come to me for my leadership. "I give my opinion when needed and I think its been working out pretty well because I do it in subtle way at times that maybe people dont understand but the message gets through." Simon has registered just one 100-yard game this season, recording five catches for 125 yards and a TD in a 32-20 road win over Hamilton on July 27. Three times Simon has finished with five receptions in a contest, but has had two or less in the other five. On Saturday, Simon faces his former B.C. teammates for the first time since the trade. Simon, who turned 38 last week, had five catches for 69 yards in last weekends 31-29 loss to Toronto and has 23 receptions for 341 yards and three TDs this season. But Simon has nothing to prove against the Lions. "Im excited for the week, I get to see some guys Ive not seen in a long time," he said. "As cliche as it sounds, I have to treat this as any other game once it gets going. "Ill be excited and ready to go just because Ill be playing against guys I practised against the last 10-to-12 years and have the opportunity to play against and try to get a win." Theres certainly plenty on the line as Saskatchewan (8-3) and B.C. (7-4) chase front-running Calgary (9-2) in the West Division. Its also the first of three head-to-head meetings between the Riders -- whove lost two straight -- and Lions with that being the tie-breaker should they end the season tied in the standings. "Any time you play a divisional opponent its huge," Simon said. "I know B.C. gets stronger during the year and thats one thing were trying to do. "This is going to be a huge game and Im really looking forward to it. It happens to be against my old team. Im not worried about who the opponent is, I just want to go out and win." Simon says hes enjoyed playing in Regina, a football-mad city with no shortage of diehard fans who are rabid in their support of the Riders. "I wanted to play football in a place where football was king," he said. "At times you cant go anywhere and hide . . . but at the same time people give you your space here. "This is one of the warmest places Ive ever been with people willing to help and just doing things for you. It has been an amazing experience to this point." And it seems Riders fans will see a lot more of Simon. He intends on playing through the 2014 season before sitting down and determining his football future. "Coming into my professional career I was on a 10-year plan and wouldve been happy just to play 10 years," he said. "Once I got to 10, I felt I was just getting going and starting to hit that momentum. "I think Ive got a lot left in the tank and feel I still have a lot I can do in this league." Simon spent his first two CFL seasons with Winnipeg before signing with B.C. as a free agent following the 2000 campaign. Simons career took off with the Lions with six league all-star nominations and two Grey Cup titles (2006, 11). Simon also captured the CFLs outstanding player honour in 06 after registering 105 catches for 1,856 yards and 15 TDs, all career highs. Simon was a model of consistency with B.C., registering nine straight 1,000-yard seasons. But he missed five games with hamstring injuries last year and was limited to 54 catches for 700 yards and two TDs. Once the 2012 campaign ended, Simon was open to restructuring his contract with B.C. but had said if the club didnt want him back hed look at playing elsewhere. Lions GM Wally Buono gave Simon and his camp permission to gauge interest in a potential trade, and on Jan. 24 the veteran was dealt to Saskatchewan for receiver Justin Harper and a 2014 third-round draft pick. An upper body injury forced Simon to miss Saskatchewans first three regular-season games. But when he joined the starting lineup, Simons role was to mentor and complement young guns Chris Getzlaf, Weston Dressler and Taj Smith while providing a veteran presence and leadership. "I think I bring a presence in the locker-room and on the sideline," Simon said. "I think I have a voice a lot of people will listen to because of the success Ive had in the past . . . a lot of younger players come to me for my leadership. "I give my opinion when needed and I think its been working out pretty well because I do it in subtle way at times that maybe people dont understand but the message gets through." Simon has registered just one 100-yard game this season, recording five catches for 125 yards and a TD in a 32-20 road win over Hamilton on July 27. Three times Simon has finished with five receptions in a contest, but has had two or less in the other five. On Saturday, Simon faces his former B.C. teammates for the first time since the trade. Simon, who turned 38 last week, had five catches for 69 yards in last weekends 31-29 loss to Toronto and has 23 receptions for 341 yards and three TDs this season. But Simon has nothing to prove against the Lions. "Im excited for the week, I get to see some guys Ive not seen in a long time," he said. "As cliche as it sounds, I have to treat this as any other game once it gets going. "Ill be excited and ready to go just because Ill be playing against guys I practised against the last 10-to-12 years and have the opportunity to play against and try to get a win." Theres certainly plenty on the line as Saskatchewan (8-3) and B.C. (7-4) chase front-running Calgary (9-2) in the West Division. Its also the first of three head-to-head meetings between the Riders -- whove lost two straight -- and Lions with that being the tie-breaker should they end the season tied in the standings. "Any time you play a divisional opponent its huge," Simon said. "I know B.C. gets stronger during the year and thats one thing were trying to do. "This is going to be a huge game and Im really looking forward to it. It happens to be against my old team. Im not worried about who the opponent is, I just want to go out and win." Simon says hes enjoyed playing in Regina, a football-mad city with no shortage of diehard fans who are rabid in their support of the Riders. "I wanted to play football in a place where football was king," he said. "At times you cant go anywhere and hide . . . but at the same time people give you your space here. "This is one of the warmest places Ive ever been with people willing to help and just doing things for you. It has been an amazing experience to this point." And it seems Riders fans will see a lot more of Simon. He intends on playing through the 2014 season before sitting down and determining his football future. "Coming into my professional career I was on a 10-year plan and wouldve been happy just to play 10 years," he said. "Once I got to 10, I felt I was just getting going and starting to hit that momentum. "I think Ive got a lot left in the tank and feel I still have a lot I can do in this league." 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I could find a dead body in my room now and be hesitant to complain. Walking through downtown Phoenix, a scalper asks us if we want to buy tickets to the Pro Bowl that night. I laugh like hes Louis C.K. I prefer my football with tackling. TUESDAY The last Super Bowl Media Day I covered was in Jacksonville in 2005. My lasting memory is of two Mexican reporters from Azteca Deportes who asked questions with hand puppets. I arrive at Media Day in Phoenix and among the first people I run into are the same two reporters, with different hand puppets. I quietly wonder if the original puppets got a better offer and jumped to Telemundo. The problem with Media Day is that half the reporters dont seem to actually work in the media. There must be radio stations who hand out passes to contest winners. A couple of guys in the Gronkowski scrum are wearing Patriots T-shirts and asking probing questions like, Gronk, why are you so awesome? Though that is actually better than many of the questions real media ask. I am standing with Seattle punter and Canadian boy Jon Ryan when a reporter sticks his mic in and says: Reporter: You are Canadian, right? Ryan: Yes. Reporter: Do you like pontoon? Ryan: What? Reporter: Do you like pontoon? Ryan: Poutine? Reporter: Yes, poutine. Twenty-nine reporters ask Marshawn Lynch questions, all getting the exact same answer, Im only here so I dont get fined. I want to ask the 29th guy if he thought his question was so good, it would make Lynch sit up straight and say, Brilliantly posed sir! This one I must answer, thoroughly and eloquently! I am impressed (confused?) with the fans who buy tickets to sit in the stands during Media Day to watch...scrums. There are a couple of hundred Seahawks faithful who cheer madly every time Russell Wilson has a good answer. Some even scream during the Patriots availability, making me wonder if they are trying to affect Brady and his offences ability to hear the questions. They take this 12th man thing seriously. WEDNESDAY Fourteen more questions without answers for Lynch. Give up the dream people. You are not getting him to open up about his childhood and cry for you. Eat dinner at Lo-Los Chicken and Waffle House in Scottsdale, highly recommended by Deion Sanders. I assume the name means waffles for breakfast, and chicken as a specialty for dinner. I am wrong. It means fried chicken and waffles, together, for every meal. Broccoli is not allowed within 10 miles of the place. It is a bylaw, I believe. I order the Tre-Tre because it sounds like it gives me street cred. It has two drumsticks and one giant waffle with an ice-cream sized scoop of butter. It is delicious. I have no regrets. THURSDAY I have quadruple bypass surgery. FRIDAY NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell holds his annual State of the Union news conference. The union has issues. Goodell sidesteps every question like a Russell Wilson scramble. One reporter asks, roughly, Any other employee who had a year like you did would have been fired or resigned by now. Why havent you been fired or resigned? Boom. I cant see the reporter who asks it because there are about 1,000 people in the room, but I quietly hope it is one of the Mexican hand puppets. Gareth Bale Jersey. Goodell just keeps digging himself a deeper hole. I have had numerous issues with Gary Bettman over the years (cough...TV rights...cough), but he makes himself available much more than once every four months. Plus he answers questions, even if you dont always like the answers. A Roger Goodell interview is the same as a Marshawn Lynch interview, just with more and fancier words. SATURDAY I am standing in the bleachers behind the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open, the craziest golf tournament the planet has ever known. The most fruitless job in sport belongs to the volunteers who ask the crowd for silence before players hit their tee-shots on 16 at Phoenix. They scream, cheer, boo, chant, and mostly drink, through every shot. You hit one tight, its a football stadium celebrating a game-winning touchdown for the home team.You miss the green, its the same crowd after the ref called the touchdown back. PGA Pro Jon Rahm wears an Arizona State football jersey for his tee-shot. The crowd goes nuts. Then he hits it long to the back of the green, and they boo him relentlessly. The 16 Bleacher Creatures chant every chant ever used in American sport. Examples: -USA! USA! for every American player, and some Euros who they believe are American because they have had 17 Budweisers. -The Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Chop chant...for no explicable reason. -Bald spot! Bald spot! As Phil Mickelson strolls towards the green. You need to put 16 bleachers on your bucket list. Just dont bring your kids. This tournament is basically the worlds largest nightclub. Except it opens at 7am. Women show up in heels and cocktail dresses. And leave covered in mud. There are more than 100,000 people on the course the day Im there. I figure about 10,000 are watching golf. I always thought the Phoenix Waste Management Open is a terrible sponsor name. But in my three hours there, I see two fights, a couple of guys throwing up, and one young lady (in heels) passed out in the mud. The sponsor name, in retrospect, is perfect. SUNDAY The Auxiliary Press Box is one of the sections at the top of the stadium. We are in the last row of media, with an entire section of Patriots fans right behind us. Chris Schultz makes a point of telling them he picked the Pats to win. Which he did, though he would have told Seahawks fans the same thing if they were behind us. Avoiding getting beer poured on his head is one of Schultzys many strengths. The game is great, but you all saw that, so Ill skip the details. Im a mile from the stage for the halftime show. In fact, from my vantage point it almost looks like Katy Perry is dancing with sharks! Lol. As if. No choreography would be that drunk. (Unless they were at the golf tournament all weekend.) When you cover the game, you always watch the end from the bowels of the building, in a Disney ride-like line-up to get on the field. I have never seen a group of media gasp the way they did when the Seahawks threw on that last play. Even the hand puppets said, Holy S***! (In Spanish) We interview Patriots corner Brandon Browner, who says...what we all are saying, What were those guys thinking? When my alarm goes off at 4am for my flight home, I ask the same thing of myself. By the way, I have now covered three Super Bowls. All Patriot victories. I should really get a ring. ' ' '
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