Simoni Lawrence (born February 1, 1989) is a Canadian football linebacker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Minnesota.
|No. 21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Born:||February 1, 1989|
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|2010||St. Louis Rams*|
|2010–2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*|
|2011||Las Vegas Locomotives|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||2015, 2019|
|CFL East All-Star||2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
St. Louis RamsEdit
Hartford Colonials/Philadelphia EaglesEdit
Lawrence was then drafted by the Hartford Colonials 22nd overall in the 2010 UFL Draft on June 2, 2010, but signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on June 8. He was part of the Eagles' final cuts on August 28 and joined the Colonials instead, playing in eight games for the team.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
Las Vegas LocomotivesEdit
Lawrence signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League on January 10, 2012, playing in 15 games and starting one. Over the course of the season Lawrence contributed 15 tackles, 11 special teams tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
During the following off-season, he was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with Greg Wojt and Jeremiah Masoli for Nathan Kanya and the rights to Carson Rockhill on February 5, 2013. In his first season with the Ti-Cats Lawrence made an immediate impact, amassing 53 tackles, 3 special teams tackles, 1 quarterback sack, and 3 interceptions.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)Edit
As a free-agent Lawrence signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, agreeing to a three-year contract on June 1, 2014. In 2014, Lawrence played in 16 of the 18 regular season games, and both playoff games en route to the team's second consecutive trip to the Grey Cup (the Ti-Cats lost both championship appearances). He led the team in tackles in that season, with 78; while adding 3 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. Lawrence continued his stellar play into the 2015 season, accumulating 78 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 interceptions. His performance on the field was recognized when he was named a CFL All-Star. In his fourth season with the Ti-Cats Lawrence set a career-high with 89 tackles, while also contributing 4 sacks and 1 interception for a touchdown. On January 11, 2017 Lawrence and the Ti-Cats agreed to a two-year contract extension. Lawrence was suspended for two games by the CFL for his hit to the head of Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros in his team’s 2019 season opener. During Week 14, Lawrence was fined by the CFL for uneccessary roughness, when he twisted Terry Williams' ankle. In Week 15 Lawrence was fined the maximum amount under the CBA for a late hit to the head of Eskimos quarterback Logan Kilgore.
- "Buccaneers , Reduce roster to NFL limit of 53 players". kffl.com. September 3, 2011. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Simoni Lawrence bio Archived 2013-09-27 at Archive.today
- Eskimos sign linebacker and wide receiver
- Esks and Ticats complete five-player deal
- Matthew Scianitti [@TSNScianitti] (10 February 2014). "Simoni Lawrence will sign with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a #CFL source #Ticats" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Vikings Officially Sign 15 College Free Agents, Waive 4 Veterans". Vikings.com. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Tiger-Cats sign LB Lawrence to extension - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
- Staff, TSN ca (2019-06-17). "Hamilton Tiger-Cats LB Simoni Lawrence suspended two games for hit on Riders QB Zach Collaros - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
- Staff, TSN ca (2019-09-25). "Hamilton Tiger-Cats' LB Simoni Lawrence fined for hit on Edmonton Eskimos' QB Logan Kilgore - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2019-09-26.