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.

Simoni Lawrence
No. 21     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
21, Simoni Lawrence, June 22, 2019.jpg
Born: (1989-02-01) February 1, 1989 (age 30)
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career history
As player
2010St. Louis Rams*
2010Philadelphia Eagles*
2010Hartford Colonials
2010Chicago Bears*
20102011Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
2011Las Vegas Locomotives
2012Edmonton Eskimos
2013Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2014Minnesota Vikings*
2014–presentHamilton Tiger-Cats
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2015, 2019
CFL East All-Star2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
Career stats
Quarterback sacks26
Forced fumbles10
Defensive touchdowns1

Professional careerEdit

St. Louis RamsEdit

He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010, but was released one month later.

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.

Chicago BearsEdit

After the conclusion of the 2010 UFL season, he signed with the Chicago Bears on December 14, 2010 and spent three weeks on the team's practice roster.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

He then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 30, 2010 and participated in the team's training camp for the 2011 season. However, he was released on September 3, 2011.[1]

Las Vegas LocomotivesEdit

Lawrence played in the UFL for the Las Vegas Locomotives in 2011.[2]

Edmonton EskimosEdit

Lawrence signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League on January 10, 2012, playing in 15 games and starting one.[3] Over the course of the season Lawrence contributed 15 tackles, 11 special teams tackles and 1 fumble recovery.

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

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.[4] 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.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On February 10, 2014, Lawrence signed with the Minnesota Vikings.[5] He was released on May 13, 2014.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


  1. ^ "Buccaneers , Reduce roster to NFL limit of 53 players". September 3, 2011. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ Simoni Lawrence bio Archived 2013-09-27 at
  3. ^ Eskimos sign linebacker and wide receiver
  4. ^ Esks and Ticats complete five-player deal
  5. ^ Matthew Scianitti [@TSNScianitti] (10 February 2014). "Simoni Lawrence will sign with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a #CFL source #Ticats" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Vikings Officially Sign 15 College Free Agents, Waive 4 Veterans". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign LB Lawrence to extension - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  8. ^ Staff, TSN ca (2019-06-17). "Hamilton Tiger-Cats LB Simoni Lawrence suspended two games for hit on Riders QB Zach Collaros -". TSN. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  9. ^ Staff, TSN ca (2019-09-25). "Hamilton Tiger-Cats' LB Simoni Lawrence fined for hit on Edmonton Eskimos' QB Logan Kilgore -". TSN. Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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