Monday, March 23, 2015
Lions Ink Phillips and McCallum To New Contracts
The BC Lions Football Club announced this morning that defensive back Ryan Phillips has agreed to a contract extension through the 2016 season and kicker Paul McCallum will return in 2015.
“Both Paul and Ryan remain integral parts of our team and they continue to perform at a high level on the field and play a vital role as respected leaders in the dressing room,” said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono.
Phillips enters his 11th CFL season and has made 180 consecutive appearances for the club since signing as a free agent in 2005. The Seattle native and four-time CFL All-Star notched a team-high three interceptions last year along with 39 defensive tackles. Ryan’s incredible run of consecutive games is the longest among all active CFL players and his 40 career interceptions place him second in club history behind the great Larry Crawford.
Only the second player in the history of professional football to reach the 3,000-point plateau, kicker Paul McCallum prepares for his 23rd CFL campaign and his 12th as a Lion in 2015. Earning his sixth nod as a West Division All-Star, Paul was good on 38 of 42 field goal attempts in 2014 for a CFL-best 90.5% success rate.
His remarkable career has seen the 45 year-old McCallum appear in 325 regular season games, 151 as a Lion, and establish a success rate of 80.6% on field goals, tops among all kickers with at least 400 attempts along with 18 seasons with at least 100 or more points.
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23 years in the CFL for young Paul - it would be great to see him complete his 25th year and kick a few field goals at the new Rider stadium when the Lions come to town in 2017.
It's sad Rider fans can only remember McCallum for one missed FG and not all the ones he made.
There isn't one Rider fan who would gladly have MacCallum over what we have now!
If Taman's so great why can't he find a kicker???
Why can't you? You're obviously smarter & more connected than Taman is.
Are you suggesting Milo can't do the job?
Is your boy Peterson on glue?
Suggesting McCallum for the POH is a joke. Now I understand the POH has become somewhat of a joke over the years with some of the people who have gone in, but while McCallum spent many years here, his best years are as a Lion.
At least Andrews and Abbu were smart enough to say no.
Kyle my boy, Paul will soon be in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, so put that in your hash tag pipe and smoke it!!
Old Hank, I agree McCallum will be in the CFLHOF, but to suggest he is a POH candidate is ridiculous.
His best years were with BC and not in Saskatchewan. If we are going to put Paul in, lets put Geroy Simon and Ricky Foley in too.
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