Biggest Haul in Franchise History
B.C.’s Pride has come a long way since opening the season 0-5. Fans, the Football Reporters of Canada and CFL head coaches voted nine Lions onto the 2011 CFL all-star team, the most dominant haul in franchise history.
The nine B.C. Lions who were voted CFL all-stars include:
Quarterback Travis Lulay – The 28-year-old has become a fan favourite in B.C. Slightly surprising that he was selected over Montreal Alouettes’ Anthony Calvillo, who broke records this fall with the most all-time passing yards in the history of football with 72,429 in his career (surpassing NFL greats Dan Marino and Brett Favre).
Centre Angus Reid – Named for the first time in his 11 years playing in the CFL. He’s come a long way since receiving a pay cut and back up position at the start of last season.
Offensive tackle Jovan Olafioye– Named over teammate Ben Archibald, often referred to as one of the reasons for the Lions’ turn-around mid-season. Olafioye was the most outstanding lineman in the CFL in 2010.
Receiver Geroy Simon – The B.C. Lions’ all-time receiving leader with 609 receptions for 10,262 yards and 71 touchdowns.
Defensive tackle Aaron Hunt and Khalif Mitchell – Two players on the stacked defensive heading to the West Division final on Sunday. With more linemen than he can dress, it will be interesting to see who coach Wally Buono leaves out of the roster in such a pivotal game. Unlikely one of these two all-stars. There are rumours that Mitchell could be headed back to the NFL next year.
Linebacker Solomon Elimimian – Won Rookie of the Year in 2010 after joining the B.C. Lions, coming up from signing as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2009 & only getting play in exhibition games.
Defensive back Korey Banks – His fourth time on the all-star roster, Banks has been with the Lions since 2006 when they won the 94th Grey Cup over Montreal.
Kicker Paul McCallum – At 41 years, he’s the oldest player in the CFL but has had the best season of his career, with a league record of 30 consecutive field goals and most scoring with 203 points.
Hosting the West division final against the Edmonton Eskimos this Sunday with a good shot at the Grey Cup on home turf, the B.C. Lions are gearing up to keep their impressive comeback alive in front of 40,000 plus fans.