CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Ian Sinclair
Ian Sinclair has found success both on and off the football field. On field, Sinclair started winning championships at an early age. Sinclair and his Laurier Secondary School teammates were City Champions in 1978. The talented Sinclair earned a scholarship to the University of Miami where he was the starting center for the 1983 National Champions Hurricanes. He was also a part of the 1984 Orange Bowl against Nebraska, which is still considered one of the most exciting national championship games ever.
After his award-winning college career, Sinclair was drafted 2nd overall in the 1984 CFL draft by the Montreal Concorde. Sinclair then moved west when Montreal traded him to the BC Lions in 1985. Sinclair’s winning ways continued with the Lions as he hoisted the Grey Cup twice, once in 1985 and again in 1994.
Today, Sinclair finds off-field success as a part owner/operator of WE Travel Vancouver & Ottawa, which he owns with another ex CFL player Gerald Roper.
“We started the business while we were both still playing in the CFL,” said Sinclair.
Serving as a BC Lion team captain and playing in 180 CFL games helped enhance Sinclair’s professional career after he retired from football.
“Football taught me to understand how important preparation and dedication to hard work are,” said Sinclair. “Success doesn’t come easy and you must always hold yourself to a high level of decorum and professionalism.”
Sinclair is still part of the Lion football community serving on the CFL Alumni Association and BC Lion Alumni board. He feels it is important to connect with the fans and former teammates.
“We host an annual golf tournament, Day at the Races with Canucks and Whitecaps Alumni and this year we’ll be hosting Game Day Tailgating parties for Alumni and guests at BC Place stadium,” said Sinclair.
According to Sinclair, he had uncountable highlights during his career but most fondly looks back at his time with incredible teammates, memories and special bonds that he shared. Some of those cherished memories came off the field as Sinclair, a member of the Lions Hall of Fame, felt passionate about giving back to the community.
“As a member of the community that I played in and that has always embraced us, having coaches that instilled quality work and personal ethics and having children in our community, has made it very natural to have a desire to give back to those who gave so much to us,” said Sinclair. “We’re not just lucky to be part of such a wonderful society; I view it as a privilege.”
From a fans perspective, it was a privilege to watch Ian Sinclair, one of the Lions longest serving centers, play the game he loved.
Article by Tony Playter
Photo courtesy of F Scott Grant