It’s not every day you get to train with the likes of a professional athlete, let alone the all-time CFL leader in receiving yards.
The former BC Lions Wide Receiver, Geroy Simon, was on hand in Prince George Saturday to teach high school students players a thing or two. High school players from Nechako Valley, Duchess Park, PGSS, and Kelly Road gathered at the Prince George Secondary School fields for a quick training session.
Simon was also joined alongside his old teammate and former Safety with the Lions, J.R. LaRose. Together, the two conducted drills to test each kid’s abilities and help them improve. Football Coach with Kelly Road, Ken Newell, says these teachable moments don’t come often. “It means a lot, because a lot of the times we don’t get that exposure, we don’t get those opportunities for a lot of the professional athletes to come up here.”
In fact, Simon and LaRose are trying to create greater exposure for players in the north and are already in talks about helping develop a new 7 on 7 league.
For players like Duchess Park Quarterback, Andrew Johnson, it was an eye-opening experience. “It was awesome,” Johnson said. “He (Simon) was teaching us how to run 40’s properly and improve our T-time and our shuttle runs so we can get in front of higher level coaches and they’ll be impressed with our quickness and agility.”
Garrett Cape plays Safety for Kelly Road and says his game gets elevated to a whole new level when a professional like Geroy Simon takes notice. “It gives us a great opportunity to be seen and he’s the CIS Scout for the BC Lions so he has a lot of insight and he knows everyone so if he’s impressed by you, then you can get exposed to a bunch of other college coaches.”