British Columbia Lions

Lui Passaglia - Kicker/Punter - 1976-2000 - Simon Fraser University


No one has meant more to B.C. Lion football, and football in the lower mainland than Lui Passaglia. Passaglia spent an incredible 25 pro-seasons with the Lions. He continues to work and promote the club in the province to this day. He provided one of the quintessential moments in Grey Cup history with his winning kick in the 1994 championship over the Baltimore Stallions in front of 55,000 patriotic fans at B.C. Place. He had a truly linear career scoring his only two touchdowns in the league; 1 in his first game and 1 in his last regular season game as a professional. He retired at the age of 46 a champion when the Lions defeated Montreal 28-26 at Calgary's McMahon stadium.


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Lui Passaglia was born in Vancouver, B.C. on June 7th, 1954. Passaglia was born in the blue-collar working-class district of East Vancouver in 1954, two months before the Lions joined the CFL. His father, a construction worker, took him to his first Lions game when he was eight.

After playing high school football, Passaglia chose to attend Simon Fraser University in Vancouver over the University of Hawaii.  At Simon Fraser University, Passaglia played wide receiver as well as handling the kicking chores. In the 1976 Canadian College draft, he was selected as the fifth pick overall by the B.C. Lions, as a kicker and wide receiver. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in his first CFL game on July 22 against Saskatchewan. His only other touchdown came on a one-yard run in his final home game, Nov. 4 2000 against Saskatchewan. Lui spent his entire career, which spanned a quarter of a century, with the team.


When I came into the league, he'd been in the league 11 years already, Als placekicker Terry Baker grinned Wednesday.  He was someone I aspired to be like. He's was someone I could look toward and direct my career the way his has unfolded.


In Vancouver, a city that often cares more about finding a good latte than football, Passaglia is more recognizable than any hockey or basketball player. He's greeted with chants of Luuuu! Luuuu! each time he walks on the field.  His winning field goal, with no time left on the clock, in the 1994 victory over the Baltimore Stallions at B.C. Place, is a part of Vancouver sports lore.


“If I'm in that (pressure) situation, so be it. I've rarely been in a championship game where anything has been decided to the last minute.”


Passaglia's performance records are endless and he also holds many CFL records. He played the most regular seasons at 25, the most regular season games at 408, and scored the most points in regular season play with 3,991 points. He was the first player to score 200 points in a season (1987), with 214 points.

Passaglia holds many CFL regular season records including most converts, 1,045 (560 consecutive), most field goals, 875 (of 1,203 attempted), Best Field Goal percentage in one year 90.9% (40 of 44 in year 2000) and most single points at 309. He is the all-time punt leader with 3,142 for 133,826 yards, with the highest average in a season (1983) of 50.2 yards. In play-offs, Lui holds records for most points with 210, and is tied for most field goals with 48 and the longest punt of 89 yards.


As a Lion, Lui was named Western Division All-Star nine times, and was a CFL All-Star four times. Passaglia retired from CFL following the B.C. Lions Grey Cup victory in 2000. Passaglia kicked the winning points in the contest..

Awards & Honours:

CFL All-Star - 1979, 1983 (punter/kicker), 1984, 2000
West All-Star - 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983 (punter/kicker), 1984, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000
Dick Suderman Trophy - 1985, 1994
B.C. Sports Hall of Fame - 2001
Grey Cup Participation: 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000
Grey Cup Winning Teams: 1985, 1994, 2000