Edmonton Elks officially name Geroy Simon assistant general manager

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The Edmonton Elks have officially named Geroy Simon assistant general manager. 

Simon is set to play a key role under new Elks general manager and head coach Chris Jones.

A native of Johnstown, Penn., Simon joins Edmonton after spending the past seven seasons as part of the B.C. Lions front office, most recently as director of Global scouting and United States regional scout.

“I first met Geroy at the NFL Combine three years ago in Indianapolis and after getting to know him, I knew he’d be a great fit if I ever got the chance to hire him” Jones said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to have someone with his CFL experience join our group, as he brings a great skillset to our staff and has learned from one of the best in Wally Buono during his time in B.C.”

Simon will be responsible for assisting Jones in all areas of football operations, including scouting, signing players, assisting with the salary cap, and managing the team’s negotiation list.

“I’m happy to be a part of a storied organization that’s won so many championships. It’s a great organization in the CFL and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Chris to try and win a championship,” Simon said.

A 15-year veteran of the CFL as a player, Simon broke into the league in 1999 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before going on to spend 12 seasons with the B.C. Lions from 2001 to 2012.

While with the Lions, Simon set franchise marks with 904 receptions and 14,756 receiving yards and 93 touchdowns.

The University of Maryland product spent his final CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013, winning his third Grey Cup after victories with B.C. in 2006 and 2011. His 16,352 career receiving yards remain the most in CFL history.

Simon’s first taste of football operations came in 2014 with the Riders, before returning to B.C. in a front office capacity in 2015.