Geroy Simon still motivated at 37
Saskatchewan Roughrider Geroy Simon says he is keen to capture more Grey Cup wins, but adds his playing days are winding down.
"I've been playing this game for a long time," Simon, who is 37, told Glenn Reid of CBC Sports, adding he will turn his mind to retirement at the end of the 2014 football season.
"I think after next season, it's going to be that time," he said. "I figure I'll have one more off-season of working hard and trying to stay in shape and after that — after next year — I think I'm going to call it a career."
But no sooner were those words out of his lips, than Simon added a qualifier.
"But you never know," he said. "I still have a huge desire to play and to do well ... it could be two years."
Simon's touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday was the 101st of his CFL career. He is just four catches away from 1,000 receptions. Simon is also just 50 yards shy of a career total of 16,000 in yardage gained.
"The stats aren't what's important to me," Simon said, noting he expects he will leave the game as one of the top receivers in the history of the league. "It's about the [Grey Cup] rings."
'Hurt' to leave B.C.
Most of his statistics came from his 12 seasons with the B.C. Lions, a team that dealt him — to Saskatchewan — in January.
"It hurt," Simon said of his leaving B.C. "But at the same time I understand it's a business."
Simon said he appreciates that B.C. wanted to go with a younger field of receivers.
"I didn't like the decision but I definitely understood [it]," he said. "Maybe it was just time for me to move on. There's no hard feelings."
Simon said he is keen to win a third Grey Cup ring, he has two with B.C., and even a fourth.
"I'm still playing at a high level and still feel that I can have a huge impact on this team," he said.
Embraced by Rider Nation
Simon has already been embraced by the fans of the Roughriders and responds enthusiastically to the reception he has been given.
"This is the best feeling that I've had in a long time as a player," he said. "It's been warm everywhere I've gone, all throughout the province."
With files from CBC's Glenn Reid