B.C. Lions to induct Paul McCallum and Jovan Olafioye into Wall of Fame

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The B.C. Lions will induct kicker Paul McCallum and offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye to their Wall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6 when the team hosts the Edmonton Elks.

McCallum briefly played for the Lions in 1993 and 1994 amid brief stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough Riders before an 11-year run with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. McCallum returned to B.C. in 2006 and made an immediate impact in that year’s championship run, tying a Grey Cup record with six successful field goals.

“Being added to the Wall of Fame with my former teammate and alongside all of the best to have ever played for this franchise is an amazing honour and something I will look back on with pride,” McCallum said in a statement.

“I was grateful for everything that football has given me, I was able to play in front of all my friends, family and the people that helped me along the way. I am very lucky and will cherish this moment forever.”

The two-time CFL all-star and five-time West Divison all-star retired as B.C.’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (85.9) and second to Lui Passaglia in total points (1,506), punting yards (37,912) and kickoff yards (28,700).

McCallum finished his career with 722 field goals with an 80.2 per cent success rate. He still holds league records for longest made field goal (62 yards) and the most consecutive converts made (801). He also recorded 84,093 punt yards and 68,432 kickoff yards over the course of his career and is being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame later this year.

Olafioye signed with B.C. in 2010 out of North Carolina Central and played seven seasons with the team before being traded to the Montreal Alouettes. He was cut by the Als after one season in La Belle Province and rejoined the Lions for the 2018 season, his final year in the CFL.

“This is an extremely humbling moment for me,” Olafioye said. “I was proud to represent the Lions both on the field and in the community and will forever be grateful to Wally Buono for giving me the chance to carve out a great career with a great and classy organization. I salute the great Dan Dorazio for helping mould me into the player I became, as well as all my teammates and coaches I had for all of those years. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Olafioye was named a CFL all-star for six consecutive seasons and a West Division all-star for seven consecutive seasons. He was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman three times and won the award at a league level in 2012.