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Grey Cup

 

 

 

 

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2000's

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Collie

Pierce

Miles

J.Jackson

P.Jackson

Thelwell

Simpson

Kidd

Drummond

Cunningham

Allen

Ware

Flutie

Alexander

Dunigan

Williams

Parker

Crawford

White

Paopao

Key

Bright

Nettles

Evenson

Moorhead

Young

Fleming

Fieldgate

-- timeline --

 

Austin Collie - BYU - 2015 - Receiver

 

Cameron Wake #91

Penn State - 2007-08- Defensive End

Cameron Wake arrived in B.C. in 2007 an NFL refugee who had fallen through the cracks. He proceeded to dominate the league like few others in history. Over his 2 seasons he totalled an incredible 39 sacks and was named the League's Most Outstanding Defensive Player both seasons. He has since gone on to fame and fortune with the Miami Dolphins but not forgetting the chance he got to turn it all around in the CFL with the B.C. Lions.

 

Rob Murphy - Ohio State - 2006-08 - Offensive Line

Buck Pierce - New Mexico State - 2005-09, 13 - Quarterback

Barron Miles - Nebraska - 2005-09 - Defensive Back

Jarious Jackson - Notre Dame - 2005-10 - Quarterback

Paris Jackson - Utah - 2003-13 - Receiver

 

Casey Printers #1

Texas Christian - 2003-05, 09-10 - Quarterback

Casey Printers exploded onto the CFL scene in 2004 replacing an injured Dave Dickinson. A relative unknown he would go on to post incredible totals with his incredible athleticism. He would throw for over 5,000 yards and 35 touchdowns adding 9 rushing touchdowns in one of the most spectacular breakthroughs in league history. He would capture the 2004 Most Outstanding Player award but before the season was over controversy would arise - a trend in his career. Wally Buono elected to start Dave Dickinson in the 2004 Grey Cup a loss to the Toronto Argonauts with Printers on the bench. He would play 7 seasons in the league with a brief NFL stop in the middle. He never again reached the totals of 2004 but left his mark on league history.

 

Dave Dickenson #12

Montana - 2003-07 - Quarterback

Dave Dickenson helped turn around the fortunes of the B.C. Lions with his arrival in 2003. While a successful team prior to 2003 it was coach Wally Buono and the arrival of Dickenson in 2003 that ushered in a new era of prosperity for the team as they became a top performer and a profitable team. Dickenson led the Lions to a Grey Cup in 2005 and left behind a great legacy.

 

Jason Clermont #82

Saskatchewan - 2002-08 - Receiver

Jason Clermont set a strong example for Canadian born players developing as professional receivers. Highly regarded out of the University of Saskatchewan in 2002, the Regina raised Clermont met and exceeded expectations, showing what is possible for non-imports at skill positions. 3 times over 7 seasons with the Lions he eclipsed 1,000 yards receivng and set a benchmark for hard nosed football and dedication. A great CFL player and agreat Lion.

 

Ryan Thelwell - Minnesota - 2001-06,11 - Receiver

Brent Johnson - Ohio State - 2001-11 - Defensive End

Barrin Simpson - Mississippi State - 2001-11 - Defensive End

 

Geroy Simon #81

Maryland - 2001-12- Receiver

Geroy Simon stands as one of the greatest receivers in the league history. He holds the league record for career receiving yards and was the model of excellence over 13 seasons with the B.C. Lions. The League's Most Outstanding Player in 2006 he captured 2 Grey Cups with the Lions and in his final season in Saskatchewan he capped his career with 2 touchdown receptions in the Roughriders 2013 Grey Cup championship. With his trademark 'Superman' pose following a touchdown Simon was a fan favorite and is a league legend.

 

Carl Kidd -  - 2000-06 - Linebacker

Robert Drummond - Syracuse - 1998-01 - Running Back

Jimmy Cunningham - Howard - 1997-00 - Receiver/Returner

Damon Allen - Cal State Fullerton - 1996-02 - Quarterback

Andre Ware - Houston - 1996 - Quarterback

 

Cory Philpot #6

Mississippi - 1993-97 - Running Back

Known as "Quick Six" to many B.C. Lion fans Cory Philpot 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 broke 1,000 yards rushing again in 1996. Uncertainty with ownership affected the whole organization in 1996 and into 1997.

 

Sean Millington - Simon Fraser - 1991-97, 00-02 - Running Back

Darren Flutie - Boston College - 1991-95 - Receiver

Ray Alexander - Florida A&M - 1990-94 - Receiver

 

Doug Flutie #22

Boston College - 1990-91 - Quarterback

"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."

 

Matt Dunigan - Louisiana Tech - 1988-89 - Quarterback

David Williams - University of Illinois - 1988-89 - Receiver

James 'Quick' Parker - Wake Forest - 1984-89 - Defensive End

 

Mervyn Fernandez #24

San Jose State - 1982-86, 93 - Wide Receiver

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 seasons before going on to star with the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League in 1988. He returned to conclude his career in 1993.

 

Larry Crawford - Iowa State - 1981-89 - Defensive Back

 

Roy Dewalt #9

Texas - 1980-87 - Quarterback

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.

 

Nick Hebeler - Simon Fraser - 1979-86 - Defensive End

John Henry White - Louisiana Tech - 1978-87 - Running Back

Joe Paopao - Long Beach State - 1978-83, 90 - Quarterback

Larry Key - Florida State - 1978-82 - Running Back

Leon Bright - Florida State - 1977-80 - Returner

 

Jerry Tagge #8

Nebraska - 1977-79 - Quarterback

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. He spent 3 memorable seasons  with the Lions and was a fan favorite.

 

Lui Passaglia - Simon Fraser - 1976-00 - Kicker

Ray Nettles - Tennessee - 1972-76 - Linebacker

Don Moorhead - Michigan - 1971-75 - Quarterback

Jim Evenson - Oregon - 1968-72 - Fullback

Jim Young - Queens - 1967-79 - Wide Receiver

 

Joe Kapp #22

University of California - 1961-66 - Quarterback

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 their 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.

 

Willie Fleming - University of Iowa - 1959-66 - Running Back

Norm Fieldgate - UBC - 1954-67 - Linebacker, Defensive Back

 

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-- stadium --

 

B.C. Place

Capacity (59,478)

High Season: 46,526 (1986)

Low Season: 16,217 (1998)

2016 Avg: 21,056

 


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1994

 

1988

 

1985

 


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1994

 

1982

 

Apollo

 

'Bob'

 


-- highlights --

 

Rob Murphy brought the nasty to the B.C. Lions when he arrived in 2006. A perennial contender before his arrival the Buffalo native brought the attitude and desire that put the team over the edge capturing the 2006 Grey Cup and dominating the league. The Ohio State product would spend 3 seasons in B.C before moving on to Toronto. He was nasty, belligerent and effective left tackle.

 

Brent Johnson was a true ratio breaker over 11 seasons with the B.C.Lions. The Kingtson, Ontario native arrived in Vancouver in 2001 after a 4 year college career with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Johnson quickly proved himself and as a non-import defensive end he transformed how Canadian's are viewed on the defensive line. A 2-time top Canadian and the 2006 Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Brent Johnson is a terrific example for Canadian players aspiring for a career in professional football. a 2-time Grey Cup champion, Johnson retired after the Lions 2011 championship.

 

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. He un-retired in 2006 to briefly join the Toronto Argonauts. For his career Sean will always be remembered most as a B.C. Lion.

 

Nick Hebeler 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.

 

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.

 


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