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His Past Left Behind, Lemon Finding Harmony with Argos

September 11th, 2016 – CFL.CA – Don Landry

Shawn Lemon might be that guy who hears a drumbeat in his head that is his and his alone.

Not that the Toronto Argonauts’ defensive lineman is anywhere near the pantheon of great eccentrics and oddballs that have pulled on a CFL jersey over the decades. More like the ones who’ve been certain in the moves they’ve made not only on the field but off it as well. I’m not necessarily counting him out as a fascinating flake; I just don’t know the man nearly well enough.

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Argos Acquire DL Shawn Lemon in Trade With Riders

July 4th, 2016 – CFL.CA

TORONTO – The Shawn Lemon era in Saskatchewan has lasted no more than one game.

The Toronto Argonauts have acquired the international defensive lineman and a conditional 2018 CFL Draft pick from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for national offensive lineman Matt Sewell and international quarterback Mitchell Gale.

Reports circulated earlier in the week that Lemon and the Riders had fallen out of favour with one another, even more so after being listed as fourth on the Riders depth chart at rush end. He was used sparingly during Thursday night’s 30-17 loss to the Argos in the Riders’ season-opener, recording a forced fumble while failing to record a tackle.

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Shawn Lemon, Justin Capicciotti settling in with Saskatchewan Roughriders

May 8th, 2016 – The Leader Post – Murray McCormick

It didn’t take long for Shawn Lemon and Justin Capicciotti to feel welcomed by the Rider Nation.

The veteran defensive ends have already had many opportunities to learn about the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ rabid fan base through a number of public appearances since signing with the CFL team as free agents during the off-season.

On Saturday, they had another chance to feel the love as they were among the guest coaches at the Don Narcisse All-Star Football Camp.

“The fan base and the city has embraced us,” Lemon said during a break in Saturday’s activities at Mosaic Stadium. “Everywhere we go, we meet new fans. All of the excitement and passion they have behind this team makes us want to train harder to put a good product on the field.”

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Shawn Lemon returns for 2nd stint with Riders

February 17, 2016 – News Talk 650 – CKOM – Jamie Nye

Shawn Lemon feels he owes something to Saskatchewan as he returns for his second stint with the Roughriders.

The dynamic pass rusher had an underwhelming start to his CFL career in 2011 when he was in and out of Winnipeg within days and then landed in Saskatchewan for a brief two weeks.

He did get to suit up for the Riders but didn’t make the grade on a team that went 5-13 that season. But the humbling few weeks to start off his CFL career helped make Lemon into the all-star calibre defensive end the Riders brought in to help replace John Chick off the edge.

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Roughriders ink defensive lineman Shawn Lemon to 2-year deal

27-year-old had previous stints with Calgary, Edmonton

January 15th, 2016 – CBC News

A day after cutting veteran defensive end John Chick from their roster, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have inked six-year CFL veteran defensive lineman Shawn Lemon.

Lemon most recently played with the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2015 Grey Cup. After the 27 year old joined the Redblacks mid-season in 2015, he registered 15 defensive tackles, six quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles in nine regular season games with the Ottawa Redblacks.

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Third team’s the charm for RedBlacks’ Lemon

October 14th, 2015 – Tim Baines – Ottawa Sun

Shawn Lemon has never gotten hung up on rejection.

He’s never paid much attention to those who said he couldn’t, focusing on the possible, not the impossible.

With his third football team in the past three months, the Ottawa RedBlacks defensive end is fitting in, finding his place and his role in yet another new system.

Before coming to Ottawa, Lemon spent time this year with the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers, released by both.

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Getting To Know: Shawn Lemon

Learn more about the Steelers’ first year linebacker

July 11th, 2015 – Mike Prisuta – Steelers.com

Linebacker
Akron
6-1, 235
1st year

Who is your football mentor or inspiration?
My parents.

What motivates you?
People telling me I can’t do something. My whole life I’ve been told that I can’t do stuff and I continue to prove people wrong.

What is your football mindset?
Sack the quarterback. I take a lot of pride in my pass rush.

Why do you play football?
To sack quarterbacks.

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“I’ve been told for so long, since I was in Little League, ‘You’re not big enough, you’re not good enough to go to college and play Division 1 football.’ I’ve always believed in my ability. I know the gift I have at rushing a quarterback and I never let anybody tell me I can’t do something. At the age of 27, I’m still continuing to prove people wrong.”


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