Pair of Hamilton Tiger-Cats up for 2021 CFL Awards


Published November 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

The 2021 CFL Awards will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The Canadian Football League announced Thursday (Nov. 25) that two Hamilton Tiger-Cats are East Division nominees for 2021 CFL Awards.

Linebacker Simoni Lawrence is up for Most Outstanding Defensive Player and offensive lineman Brandon Revenber is nominated for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

Simoni Lawrence

Lawrence, 32, was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the third time in his career. The 6-1, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania was also previously a finalist for the CFL award in both 2015 and 2019.

In 2021, Lawrence started all 14 games at linebacker for the Tiger-Cats, leading the CFL in interception return touchdowns (tie-2), and ranking fifth in defensive tackles (73) and sixth in interceptions (tie-3). He was also seventh in the league in defensive plays made (tie-85), was second among all linebackers in quarterback sacks (4) and added three pass knockdowns to his 2021 totals.

Lawrence earned his fifth-career East Division All-Star selection (2014, 15, 16, 19, 21) and was named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Player for the first time in his career this season. He was also named a CFL Top Performer for Week 7 and a CFL Top Performer of the Month in September.

The University of Minnesota product now holds the Tiger-Cats’ franchise record in career total tackles with 609. In the final game of the 2021 season, Lawrence surpassed previous record-holder, Rob Hitchcock, who finished with 606 total tackles in his career as a Ticat. In addition, Lawrence currently sits 17th in league history with 617 career defensive tackles.

Brandon Revenber

Revenberg, 28, was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for the second time in his career, previously earning the honour in 2018. The 6-4, 301-pound native of Essex, Ontario started all 14 games at left guard for the Tiger-Cats in 2021 and earned his third consecutive divisional all-star appointment. Through five CFL seasons, the durable offensive lineman has yet to miss a game due to injury (regular season or playoffs) and was also the Tiger-Cats’ Most Outstanding Canadian nominee in 2019.

CFL Awards and Grey Cup in The Hammer

The 2021 CFL Awards will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Beginning at 6 p.m. ET, the evening is one of the highlights of this year’s Grey Cup Week. For the first time since its inception, the CFL Awards will be free and open to the public. Additional details and registration information can be found at

Winnipeg’s Adam Bighill (defensive) and Stanley Bryant (offensive lineman) are the West Division’s nominees in Lawrence and Revenberg’s respective categories.

The 108th Grey Cup will be played at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on Dec. 12, featuring Arkells in the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show. A limited number of tickets are still available.

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