Paul McCallum has retired as a BC Lion after signing a one-day contract with the team.
McCallum has played a 23-year Hall of Fame-worthy career, winning two Grey Cups. He played 11 seasons for the BC Lions, so today’s announcement makes a lot of sense.
“Paul’s consistency and longevity make him one of the greatest kickers to have ever played in our league,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono through a media release. “He began his career in the shadow of Lui Passaglia and he finished his playing days as just one of two players in professional football to have ever recorded more than 3,000 points. I look forward to the day when I can be one of many to welcome him to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.”
After a handful of games with BC in the early 1990s, McCallum returned to the Lions as a free agent in 2006.
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His impact was immediate, as he converted on 84% of his field goals in 2006 and kicked all six field goal attempts in the playoffs, helping the Lions to the Grey Cup.
“I am very proud of my CFL career and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending,” said McCallum. “I enjoyed some memorable years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the people of Regina will forever have a special place in my heart. Given my time there, it was not an easy choice to retire as a Lion, but growing up not far from the practice facility and having an opportunity to win two Grey Cups with my hometown team makes this the right decision for me and I couldn’t be happier.”
After missing a playoff field goal with the Roughriders that inspired some idiots to put manure on his lawn, McCallum was definition of clutch in BC. He never missed a playoff field goal as a Lion, going 36-for-36 over 9 seasons.
McCallum retires with the fourth-most games played in league history with 339, the second-highest career point total (3,131), and the second-most field goals (718).
McCallum’s career will be acknowledged at the Lions’ first regular season home game on Saturday, June 25 against the Calgary Stampeders.