Geroy Simon with son, Gervon (left), commissioner Mark Cohon and Milt Stegall (PNG)
Geroy Simon hadn’t even had time for lunch Saturday when the next inevitable question was flung at him. What next?
What’s next after a player spent 14 years to track down the CFL’s all-time receiving yardage record. Which record looks achievable now? How long will you play? Will you get be around to get 18,000 yards? Twenty-thousand? Think you can still catch passes as a 41-year-old, like Jerry Rice?
We live in a great world; a day hasn’t gone by and collectively the great athletes are always being asked what else they can achieve.
“I don’t know about [18,000 yards], and I don’t know about 20,000,” the new leader said after a shower at the Lions facility Saturday morning. No, what you do, especially when you have 22 family members in town all wanting to share the moment as they did Friday, is celebrate an achievement. And so they will today.
“The good thing about our family is that they all know how to have a good time,” said Simon, who had already been the guest of honour at a small soiree thrown after the game Friday by his agent, Dan Vertlieb. And so they should, too.
The record which next appears to be in Simon’s sights is the league mark for career receptions held by Ben Cahoon. Simon is now 78 catches away. He’s had at least 78 catches in each of the past three seasons. Think about it: A season-long watch for another record. Can’t wait. Go enjoy the long weekend and contemplate the possibilities when the team returns to work Monday.