Lui Passaglia

Athlete (Professional) | 2011

Punter and kicker: 1976 to 2000

Lui joined the Lions in 1976 as the fifth pick in the 1976 CFL Draft. He made an immediate impact as the Lions had been looking for a reliable kicker and punter for many years. Before joining the team, he was a terrific collegiate athlete at SFU, playing quarterback and receiver in addition to his kicking duties. Over the course of the next 25 pro seasons, he led the Lions in scoring 24 times and the West on 4 occasions.

Lui was first professional player to record a 200-point season and set the CFL record with 52 FGs (since eclipsed). Lui was chosen to the West All-Star team nine times and was honoured as All-Canadian on four more occasions. As the all-time leading scorer in professional football, Lui dominates the Lions record book as well as that of the CFL. He holds league records of 3,991 points, 875 field goals, 1,045 converts and 309 singles and ranks as the second leading punter of all-time. He made a team-record 5 Grey Cup appearances and kicked the winning FG from 38 yards out on the final play of the 1994 contest at home in Vancouver. Lui kicked 7 FGs in one game twice, recorded 210 career playoff points and another 55 in Grey Cup action.

Lui was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2023. Lui was named the CFL Alumni Association’s Man of the Year in 2014.

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