The year 2000 was an exceptional year for Lui Passaglia. It marked his 25th CFL season and his 400th game with the BC Lions, an unprecedented feat never before attained by a professional football player. He finished off his exceptional career with a total of 3,991 points, a record unbroken in pro football.
Before his days as a BC Lion, Passaglia received numerous honours as a Simon Fraser University Clansmen. Two of those honours were two-time All NAIA District 1 and All-Northwest All-Star.
Known as a kicker, many people are amazed to learn Passaglia entered the league as a receiver in 1976, scoring his first touchdown in his debut game. He went on to win an astounding nine Western Division honours, five CFL all-star honours and was named Most Outstanding Canadian player in two Grey Cups. He scored his second and final touchdown in the last regular season game of 2000.
Passaglia held almost every achievable record for punting and field goals in all pro football leagues. Among these achievements is the record for most seasons played in the CFL (25). He also rewrote football history for the most consecutive seasons with one team in pro football (25).
Since his rookie season Passaglia has been a part of many history making moments. He was key in the first ever Canada-US Grey Cup in 1994 at home in BC Place Stadium (BC vs. Baltimore), kicking the game-winning field goal and ensuring the Grey Cup stayed in Canada.
Even at age 47, Passaglia maintained a 42-yard punting average. As the all-time leader for most punting yardage, field goals, most singles, most points and most converts, Passaglia’s career will be remembered as that of a champion and an all-star.