The BC Lions have provided great memories and moments for their fans over the years, and as an organization the club has honoured many of the people who gave everything they had as BC Lions. Whether it be on the field, or behind the scenes, the highest honour the club pays to one of its own is to induct them to the Ring of Honour at BC Place Stadium. Only ten people have had this honour bestowed upon them and we are pleased to share their accomplishments with you through these tribute pages.
There is no one person that has given more to the BC Lions and football in the province of British Columbia than Bob Ackles.Over a span of 40 plus years, Ackles was a great contributor to not only the Lions, but was a major supporter of minor football and Canadian football in general.
When asked to name some of the greatest BC Lions of the past, there are few that would not name Lui Passaglia.Born in Vancouver on June 2th, 1954, Passagila would go on to a 25 year career that would leave him among the greatest kickers/punters to play in the Canadian Football League.
When you talk about exciting players in the history of the CFL, Willie “The Wisp” Fleming has to be included in the discussion.Generally regarded as one the most talented players to ever play for the BC Lions, Fleming was a multi-talented player who could score from anywhere on the field on any given play.
Born in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1938, Joe Kapp is regarded as one of the toughest QB’s to ever play the game. Kapp played his college football for the University of California, Berkley and led them to the 1959 Rose Bowl, where they lost to a powerful University of Iowa team 38-12. After being drafted by the Washington Redskins, Kapp chose to sign with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.In 1961 the Lions entered into a major trade with the Calgary Stampeders, which was considered by many to be a gamble by the Lions. In the trade, the Lions got quarterback Joe Kapp in exchange for four players.
Jim Young will go down as one of the toughest players to ever dawn the orange and black of the BC Lions. “Dirty 30? as he was nicknamed was the heart and soul of the BC Lions from 1967 to 1979.Born in Hamilton Ontario, Young certainly inherited the toughness and work ethic of a steel worker, playing both in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings for parts the 1965-66 and 1966-1967 seasons, before joining the Lions via a trade in 1967.
A native of Duncan, BC, Al “Dirt” Wilson is without a doubt the Lions most decorated offensive lineman, and one of the most popular Lions of all-time. After attending university in Montana, Wilson joined the Lions in 1972 and spent his entire stellar 15 year career with the Leos.After starting as an offensive guard Wilson moved to the centre position and dominated. He was as tough as they come, playing in 167 consecutive games before incurring a knee injury that stopped the streak. The highly respected offensive lineman was well-known for his reliable snaps and tough blocking.
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