Grey Cup champs hold on to a Vet
After a Grey Cup win and the best season of his career, champion kicker and oldest player in the CFL Paul McCallum signed a one year plus option contract today solidifying his spot with the B.C. Lions next season.
A born and bred British Columbian from Surrey, McCallum started in the CFL with the B.C. Lions, and will likely finish here - with PRIDE (pun intended).
As the oldest player in the CFL, McCallum set records for field goal proficiency with a 94.3 percent accuracy rate, and most consecutive field goals with 30. In his 19th season, he was also named to the All-Star team and won the CFL award for most outstanding special teams player.
He is also nominated for Sport BC’s 2011 Best of B.C. Award that will be announced on March 8th.
McCallum has also played for the Hamilton Ti-Cats, Ottawa Roughriders and Saskatchewan Roughriders throughout his career.
When playing in Saskatchewan in 2004, McCallum missed a crucial field goal in a game against the Lions, and was ridiculed and harrassed by fans.
After his house was vandalized, he refused to take a paycut that came with his lack of performance, and instead moved into a two year contract with the B.C. Lions.
Ever since then, he’s worked his way back up to being one of the most important members of the B.C. team, proving himself particularly this past season.
General Manager and former head coach Wally Buono expects the 42 year old to help the Lions stay on top next season.