Lions bringing Grey Cup to town

B.C. Lions fans will have a chance to roar with some of the team.

And they can also get an up-close look at the CFL’s championship trophy.

Wide receiver Geroy Simon, centre Angus Reid and defensive back J.R. LaRose of the CFL-champion Lions will bring the Grey Cup to the Wesbild Centre on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Lions are on a province-wide tour of the trophy, with Black Press one of the sponsors of the tour.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster organized the Vernon stop on the tour which only has a one-hour slot for a stop in the North Okanagan.

The Lions trio and the Grey Cup start that morning in Penticton, drive up to Vernon for only one hour, and then head off to Kamloops before leaving the next day for the Cariboo.

CFL and Grey Cup MVP quarterback Travis Lulay, and kicker Paul McCallum will kick off the tour this weekend on the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Reid will return without the coveted trophy later in February, as he will be speaking at selected Okanagan schools from Feb. 13 to 16.

Reid, a CFL all-star who recently announced he will be returning to the Lions in 2012, is confirmed to be speaking at Seaton, Vernon Secondary and Fulton Secondary, where his brother, Malcolm, is principal, on Feb. 16.

Simon is just 67 yards away from surpassing Milt Stegall as the CFL’s all-time leading receiver.

LaRose returned to the Lions this season after breaking his leg in an October 2010 home game on the opening kick-off against the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Lions became the first CFL team in history in 2011 to start a season 0-5 and go on to win the Grey Cup, which they did on their home field, B.C. Place, with a 34-23 win over Vernon’s James Green and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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