BC Lions clean up at the CFL Awards
It’s been 17 years since the BC Lions won the Grey Cup at BC Place.
With t-minus two days away from it potentially happening again, the annual CFL Awards for most outstanding player, defensive player, special teams player, lineman, rookie, Canadian, and most dedicated to the community have been announced, with no shortage of Lions’ talent recognized.
Recipients are recognized by the Football Reporters of Canada and CFL head coaches.
Most outstanding player of the year went to Lions’ quarterback Travis Lulay, ahead of three-time winner and veteran Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes.
Voting members cast 44 first-place votes for Lulay, recognizing his leadership in the Lions’ remarkable turn around this season, his first as B.C.’s starter QB.
The 28-year-old from Oregon finished second to Calvillo in passing yards with 4,815 compared to 5,251, and both tied for TD strikes with 32.
Lulay also lead his team to 11 wins of the final 13 regular season games.
B.C. Lions kicker and oldest player in the league Paul McCallum received 42 votes for most outstanding special teams player in his 19th season in the CFL.
He set records for field goal proficiency with 94.3 per cent, consecutive field goals with 30, and consecutive converts with 662.
McCallum missed only three field goal attempts all season.
British Columbia was also recognized through former president of the B.C. Junior Football League Larry Reda, who received the Commissioner’s Award for his six decades of dedication to the community, and contribution to building amateur football across the province.
Reda has served as the president of Football BC and was the director of the BC High School Football Association for 22 years.
The CFL Awards are announced annually during Grey Cup week, this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Voters were asked to select the athlete who best represented the award title through their on-field performance this season.