Jim Mills

Athlete

Born In Vancouver in on September 23, 1961, the University of Hawaii alum began his pro career in 1986 when he was drafted by the BC Lions as a territorial exemption. From there, the Indianapolis Colts, then the Baltimore Colts picked up the hulking 6'9" offensive lineman in their ’83 draft in the 9th round (225th overall). After appearing in 21 games, he was traded to the Denver Broncos for a pick and upon his release from Mile High, he returned to the CFL and signed with his hometown team, the Lions. Mills played 10 years in the CFL and aside from a season spent in Ottawa with the then Rough Riders in 1994, nine of those year were with BC, where he would eventually retire in 1995.

Mills was a CFL All-Star-Star three times (’88, ’90, ’91), and a West All-Star five times (’88, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93). During the 1991 season, the Lions’ offensive line, anchored by Mills, allowed a league-low 30 sacks; earning him his second-consecutive Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award, having also won in 1990. The all-star blocker was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2009 as a player. He is a member of the BC Wall of Fame and was named to the club’s 50th Season Dream Team.