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

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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.

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“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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