Geroy Simon of the BC Lions broke the CFL’s record for receiving yards tonight at BC Place.
Simon caught a 56 yard pass from Travis Lulay to knock his total up to 940 receptions, 15,192 yards — beating Milt Stegall’s previous record.
From TSN: “Simon achieved the feat in the same number of seasons — 14 — that it took Stegall, who played from 1995-2008, to set his record.
The Lions veteran entered Friday’s contest needing just 67 receiving yards to take his place in history. He continued his career-long trend of doing memorable things in games involving the Bombers.
He began his CFL career with Winnipeg in 1999. He won a Grey Cup and the league’s most outstanding player award in 2006 with the Lions in the Manitoba capital.”
Known for being a fan favourite, Twitter erupted in congratulatory messages, which resulted in “Geroy Simon” becoming a worldwide trending topic on Friday night along with the team-generated #81AllTime tag.
Geroy Simon hauls in a 56yard reception to jump past Milt Stegall as the CFL’s alltime leader in receiving yards!!
— TEAM Radio (@TEAM1040) June 30, 2012
— Hosea Cheung (@hosea24hours) June 30, 2012
Congratulations to Geroy Simon, the new all-time leading receiver in CFL history. Probably the most athletically accomplished Geroy ever.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 30, 2012
Congratulations Geroy Simon. CFL record and he does it with style. Great scene with his father and son.
— harold munro (@haroldmunro) June 30, 2012
Lot of sincerity, pride, love in the Geroy Simon ceremony. Class by Milt. Nice moment. #1alltime
— Cam Cole (@rcamcole) June 30, 2012
— Kelcey Brade (@ctv_kelcey) June 30, 2012
The BC Lions defeated the Winnipeg Bluebombers 33 to 16 in this season-opening game in Vancouver.
Simon joins a strong list of BC Lions who hold CFL records. Lui Passaglia leads the team as he is still in the books for Most Games Played (408), Most Regular Seasons Played (25), Most Consecutive Seasons Played (25), Most Points, All-time Regular Season (3985), Most Field Goal Attempts (1203), Most Field Goals (875), and Most Singles Regular Season (309).