Passaglia Named CFL Alumni Man of the Year


For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 2014

Passaglia Named CFL Alumni Man of the Year
The CFL Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Lui Passaglia, former BC Lion kicker/punter, is the winner of the 2014 CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award.

Passaglia has made his mark not only on the playing field but off the field as well.

Born June 7, 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Passaglia played in the CFL for a record-breaking 25 years (1976–2000) and scored more points in that time than any professional football player in history (3991). Passaglia also holds the CFL record for most regular season games played with 408. He was a member of three Grey Cup winning teams (1985, 1994 and 2000) and spent his entire 25-year career with the Lions.

Passaglia is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the BC Lions Wall of Fame. His #5 jersey one of nine numbers retired by the Lions.
In 2003, Passaglia was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration. In 2006, Passaglia was voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players of the league’s modern era (#30) by Canadian sports network TSN.
Following his years with the Lions, Passaglia worked for seven years as the team’s director of community relations. He resigned from the Lions at the conclusion of the 2007 CFL season to devote his time to his family property development business. Passaglia grew up in East Vancouver but has lived in the city of Coquitlam for over 30 years.
In 2006, Passaglia was bestowed with a doctorate by his alma mater Simon Fraser University. He also delivered the convocation address that same year.
This year Passaglia revealed that he was receiving chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer that was first diagnosed in 2013. By going public, he hopes to raise funds for research and treatment. Lui’s wife Loa and brother Walter were at his side on Father’s Day in June for the Colon Cancer Canada 2014 Push for your Tush run/walk at Jericho Beach. ‘Team Luuuu’ raised $20,000 with the participation of Lions’ alumni Jim Mills, Don Taylor, Glen Jackson, Ian Sinclair, Al Wilson, Gerald Roper, Nick Hebeler, Jim Carphin, John Pankratz, Norm Fieldgate and Jack Farley, among others.

“Lui is a tremendous individual who has given back to his community in many ways, both during his playing days and since his retirement,” said Hector Pothier, President, CFLAA and fellow cancer survivor. “By going public in his personal battle with this terrible disease he will bring much-needed awareness to this and other forms of cancer.”

For the past 5 years, the CFLAA has presented the CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award. For the past 4 years, this award has been presented at the CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon at Grey Cup. Past winners include: Sam Etcheverry, Bayne Norrie, Norm Fieldgate, Don Durno, George Reed and Carm Carteri. All recipients, with the exception of Etcheverry, have been local Alumni members, selected by the host chapter of the CFLAA.
The CFLAA Man of the Year Award will be given out at this year’s CFL Alumni Legend Luncheon, during Grey Cup week on Friday, November 28 in Vancouver.
For more information about the Award please contact Leo Ezerins, Executive Director of the CFLAA, at 905-526-7272 or

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