Lemon recorded 13 sacks this season for the Stampeders, who won the 102nd Grey Cup, the CFL's championship, on Nov. 30. Lemon's eight forced fumbles also tied a league record and set a team mark, helping Calgary finish the regular season 15-3.
The 26-year-old was signed by Calgary in 2013, after being released from the Edmonton Eskimos prior to training camp. In two seasons with the Eskimos, he earned nine sacks, 34 tackles and three fumble recoveries in 18 games.
Lemon, a native of Maryland, started three years for the Akron Zips. As a senior, he led the team with seven sacks and four fumble recoveries; he earned All-Mid American Conference honors, as well. He recorded 102 tackles, 23 for a loss, 11 sacks, five fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles in four seasons at Akron.
Lemon will be the second player the Stampeders have sent to the NFL in the last two years. Defensive end Cordarro Law joined the San Diego Chargers last winter after a 14-sack season with Calgary.
- Christopher Woody