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"One of the most exciting college football players of the '80s -- but a man who has been rejected, scorned, ridiculed and humbled as a pro -- is deliriously happy to find himself a born-again quarterback, this time with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League."

-- Douglas S. Looney, Sports Illustrated, August 20, 1990

Read more about Doug Flutie's arrival in the CFL with the B.C.Lions here...


Joe Kapp is a legend on both sides of the border. Kapp is the only player ever to capture the Rose Bowl, Grey Cup and Super Bowl over the course of a playing career. Kapp came out of the University of California in 1959 and signed with the Calgary Stampeders. He was traded to the Lions in 1961. He was exceptional for the Lions leading the CFL's newest franchise to its first ever Grey Cup appearance in 1963 as well as a return in 1964 where the Lions won there first ever championship.  Kapp went on to the NFL in 1967 with the Minnesota Vikings and went on to have an exceptional career. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and stands as one of the most prominent B.C.Lions ever; read more about Joe here...


Roy Dewalt was a rifle-armed superstar for the Lions in the 1980's. He was drafted out of Texas-Arlington in 1980 by the Cleveland Browns as a running back but Roy elected to go north and sign with British Columbia of the Canadian Football League. He was named the starting quarterback in 1983 and went on to have a number of spectacular seasons teaming with Mervyn Fernandez and a dynamic offence under new head coach Don Matthews. Dewalt was the Offensive MVP of the Lions 37-24 1985 Grey Cup victory over Hamilton at B.C.Place. Although he did go on to play with Winnipeg and then Ottawa at the end of his career Roy will always be remembered as a B.C. Lion. read more about Roy here...


Willie Fleming finished his career with an astounding rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry. The Hall of Famer starred for the Lions for 8 seasons from 1959-1966. He was a graceful runner with speed to burn and was dubbed "Willie the Wisp". Fleming along with quarterback Joe Kapp anchored the potent offence of the B.C.Lions in the 1960's. The Lions who joined the league in 1954 first reached the Grey Cup in 1963 hosted at Empire Stadium. It was a controversial hit by Hamilton Defensive End Angelo Mosca that knocked Fleming out of the game. The hit widely considered late along the sidelines ended Fleming's day with a concussion (pictured) and was arguably the deciding factor in Hamilton's victory that day. Willie and the Lions would return to capture Grey Cup glory over Hamilton in 1964. Read more about the Willie Fleming here...


The most recognizable B.C. Lion of all-time has to be kicker/punter Lui Passaglia. The Vancouver native holds numerous pro football records compiled over a remarkable 25 season career. The legend that is Lui grew up in Vancouver's east end, went to college at Simon Fraser University and then spent 25 seasons with his hometown team complete with 3 Grey Cup Championships. He booted the winning field goal in the thrilling 1994 Grey Cup victory over Baltimore; and his kicks provided the winning points in his last game a Grey Cup victory over Montreal in 2000. A true gentleman and incredible athlete who continues to promote Canadian football and the B.C. Lions wherever he can; there's no denying Luuu is one of the greatest Canadian Football players of all-time. Read more about the incomparable

Lui Passaglia here...


Cory Philpot known as "Quick Six" to many B.C. Lion fans enjoyed a great deal of success with the club in the mid 1990's. The Florida native joined the Lions as a free agent from the University of Mississippi. He was a fast, elusive runner ideally suited for the Canadian game. First as a star kick returner with the club in 1993, Philpot established himself as a dominant back in 1994 leading the Western division in rushing yards. The club would win a thrilling Grey Cup in front of the hometown fans (the last team to do so) 26-23 over the Baltimore (then CFLers). Philpot did his part in the victory with 109 rushing yards. Cory set a new league record for touchdowns in 1995 with 22 (since eclipsed by Milt Stegall). He broker 1,000 yards rushing again in 1996. Uncertainty with ownership affected the whole organization in 1996 and into 1997. Philpot left the club following the 1997 but left behind some great memories. Read more about Cory here...


Sean Millington is one of the greatest Canadian fullbacks in league history. A bruising back with great size and strength Millington was the most dominant over the 8 seasons he spent over 2 separate stays with the B.C.Lions. The Simon Fraser graduate started his career as the #1 selection of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1990 CFL draft. He first joined the Lions in 1991. Millington was a member of the Grey Cup champion Lions in 1994. Sean signed with Winnipeg as a free agent in 1998 but returned to B.C. in March of 2000. Sean was named the leagues Most Outstanding Canadian in 2000. Sean teamed with Robert Drummond and quarterback Damon Allen to form a feared rushing attack. The trio led the Lions to an improbable Grey Cup Championship in 2001. Sean retired from B.C. following the 2002 season. Since that time he has un-retired in 2006 to join the Toronto Argonauts. For his career Sean will always be remembered most as a B.C.Lion read more here...


Because of the frequency, speed and excitement of kick returns; a successful kick returner is often a fan favourite. For the B.C. Lions Leon Bright was a memorable return man who brought many fans out of their seats with his abilities over 4 seasons with the club. Bright arrived in the lower mainland in 1977 from Florida State University where he excelled as a kick returner setting a number of school records. Small in stature with exceptional speed Bright made a quick impact on the club and with the fans. He had 816 yards receiving his first season. With 9 touchdowns, which included 1 punt return (108 yards) and 1 kick return touchdown (100 yards) Bright was named the Leagues Most Outstanding Rookie in 1977. Read more about "Neon Leon" here...


Andre Ware - Houston - 1996 - Starting Quarterback

Electrifying 'Swervin' Mervyn Fernandez won the 1985 Most Outstanding Player award along with the Grey Cup for the Lions that year. The star receiver from San Jose State electrified west coast fans for 5 seasons with the Lions eclipsing 1,000 yards 4 years before going on to star with the Los Angeles Raiders of the N.F.L. in 1988. read more about Mervyn here...


Jerry Tagge led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a National Championship in 1970 and '71. He was drafted by Green Bay in 1972 and spent 3 seasons with the Packers. Tagge joined B.C. in 1977 and was named the Western Division Most Outstanding Player that year leading the "Cardiac Kids" to a 10-6 record. Read more about Jerry here...


Jim Young could easily be the poster boy for rugged Canadian football. Young the first player signed into the NFL from a Canadian university spent 13 seasons with the B.C. Lions. The Hamilton native dubbed "Dirty Thirty" for his style of play and uniform number was immensely popular in the 1970's. Young who arrived in B.C. from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade for legendary quarterback Joe Kapp, was the leagues most outstanding Canadian in 1970 and '72. Read more about Jim from B.C. sports hall of fame excerpted here...


Nick Hebeler (pictured with Bob Ackles) is an all-time B.C. Lion. Nick grew up in Vancouver, went to Simon Fraser University and was a star Defensive End for the Lions for 7 seasons. An All-Star in 1982 and a Grey Cup champion in 1985 Nick was flamboyant, talented and a fan favourite. Read more about Nick here...


Born in Honolulu and a longtime resident of Oceanside, CA, Joe Paopao began an 11-year CFL playing career in 1978 as a quarterback with the BC Lions. In 1979, during a game against Toronto, Paopao set a league record of 18 consecutive completions, which was since eclipsed. Known as the “Throwin’ Samoan,” Paopao led the Lions in passing for the three seasons. read more here...


 

 

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