Oct 2012 31

Paul McCallum – BC Lions Kicker

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As the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) prepares for the 2012 Canadian Bowl between the Saskatoon Hilltops and the Langley Rams, Ryan talks with former Ram and current BC Lions kicker Paul McCallum.  The last time the Rams appeared in the National final (1992), McCallum was the kicker.

McCallum is now in his 20th CFL season, he is the oldest active player.  He has two Grey Cup rings.

1993-2011:  After rejoining the Lions in 2006, the Grey Cup that season provided Paul with one of his finest moments as a pro as he equaled the record for field goals in a game with six and accounted for 19 of the team’s 25 points that afternoon. Paul has never missed a convert in his CFL career (his 665 in a row is the new CFL record) and he stands in sixth place all-time with his 2,546 points. In 19 seasons, Paul has a lifetime FG% mark of 79.2% after his record setting 2011 season (the best in CFL history for kickers with more than 350 attempts), has made 87.5% of his field goals in the past six years, and has never been below 70% field goal accuracy in any season.

Paul also ranks fifth with 529 career field goals. Paul was originally signed as a free agent by Hamilton in March 1993 but was released and picked up by BC in September 1993. He was subsequently released by the Lions and picked up by Ottawa where he played three games. Paul was re-signed by BC in 1994, but after being released again, was signed by Saskatchewan, where he went on to play 12 seasons. Since leaving the Riders after the 2005 season, Paul has been with the Lions for the last six seasons and signed a new contract in February 2012.

Photo courtesy of the BC Lions

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