Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-sign reigning defensive player of the year Simoni Lawrence


Published January 28, 2022 at 10:19 am

Simoni Lawrence re-signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 2022 CFL season. (Hamilton Tiger-Cats photo)

A day after mutually parting ways with the club’s most dynamic and productive offensive weapons over the last decade, the Tiger-Cats made sure their most dominant defender remained in Hamilton.

American linebacker Simoni Lawrence re-signed with the Ticats for the 2022 Canadian Football League season.

“Simoni’s energy and personality is infectious,” said Orlondo Steinauer, Ticats head coach and president of football operations. “He is an all-time Tiger-Cat and an all-time person and we could not be happier that he and his family have chosen to remain in Hamilton and with the Tiger-Cats organization.”

Lawrence is the reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the East Division. It’s the third time Lawrence received the honour in his career (2015, 19, 21).

The 32-year-old has played 127 games over eight seasons with the Tiger-Cats (2013-21) and ranks first all-time in Ticats franchise total tackles (609) and defensive tackles (602). The 6-1, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania started 14 regular seasons games and three playoff games for the Tiger-Cats in 2021 and finished top 10 in the Canadian Football League in numerous categories including first in defensive touchdowns (tie-2), fifth in defensive tackles (73), sixth in interceptions (tie-3) and eighth in total tackles (73).

Lawrence, a University of Minnesota product, earned his third CFL All-Star selection (2015, 19, 21) and his fifth CFL East Division All-Star (2014, 15, 16, 19, 21) honour. He spent one season with Edmonton (2012) registering 26 total tackles before being traded to Hamilton in 2013.

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