Simmy HOV staying in Steeltown: Tiger-Cats re-sign linebacker Simoni Lawrence

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed linebacker Simoni Lawrence.

The 34-year-old started nine games for the Ticats last year, registering 41 defensive tackles and two tackles for loss.

The six-foot-one, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania has suited up in 136 games over his nine seasons with the black and gold (2013-2022), posting franchise records in defensive tackles (643) and total tackles (650) while adding seven special teams tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, 26 pass knockdowns, 14 interceptions and three touchdowns.

“Simoni is someone I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since 2013. He is a terrific individual with a proven track record of exceptional playmaking,” president of football operations and head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

“It is obvious that Simoni is a remarkable contributor to the organization both on and off the field. We are excited that Simoni has decided to remain a Hamilton Tiger-Cat for a tenth season.”

The University of Minnesota product is a three-time CFL all-star (2015, 2019, 2021), a five-time East Division all-star (2014-2016, 2019, 2021) and has been named the East Division’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player on three occasions (2015, 2019, 2022).

Lawrence began his CFL career in Edmonton where he played 15 games in his lone season (2012), registering 26 total tackles, including 15 defensive tackles. He was traded to Hamilton in 2013, along with Jeremiah Masoli and Greg Wojt in exchange for Nathan Kanya and the rights to Carson Rockhill.