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00:00:57Lui Passaglia - what got him started in sports and his inspiration: his parents got him involved in sports at a very young age; his father signed him up to play soccer in his hometown in Vancouver; playing soccer as a young child was his first exposure to team sports
00:01:47His father was a fan of the BC Lions and he liked to take him to some of the games; watching those football games is what sparked Lui's interest in playing football; a neighbour's son was also interested in playing and together they participated in flag football in the neighbourhood
00:02:20On taking on the kicker/punter role: in his heart, he wanted to be a receiver; when he first joined the BC Lions, they did not have a kicker/punter at the time; in the training camp, he made the team as the kicker/punter and as a backup receiver
00:03:08Later on when the coaches saw that he was finally getting good at kicking, they became apprehensive about putting him in the game as a receiver because if he got injured, then they would not have a kicker/punter anymore; he held on to the kicker/punter position for 25 years with the BC Lions; as stated by Lui, "It was the best stroke of luck that I have ever had"
00:03:42On preparing for his role as a kicker/punter: he went through every game situation mentally; he was also confident in his abilities; he always looked forward to playing his role in the field; he had to be physically and mentally ready going into the game
00:05:28His biggest challenges during his career as an athlete: because he played for so long, the biggest challenge he found was being physically and mentally ready to play; he had to perform at his best because one could easily be replaced in professional football if they are not performing well; he had to deal with several injuries during his 25 years with the Lions; he also had to balance his time as a professional athlete so that he could still have time to spend with family
00:06:21He played 408 games during his 25 years in football; he played more games than any other player in CFL ; every year, his goal was to be the kicker/punter for the Lions; he was not going to give it up easily; he did not always have the best year; he had "a little bit of luck" in the fact that the coaches believed in his abilities
00:07:33What he considers his greatest accomplishment: his most prominent win was the 1994 Grey Cup; they were in fourth place coming into the playoffs; they played against the Baltimore Stallions in the final; being a kicker and kicking the game winning field goal at home "does not get any better than that"
00:09:02On his thoughts about the final moments of the game at the 1994 Grey Cup: Lui had missed a field goal towards the end of the game, fortunately he had another chance; once he crossed the sideline for his second attempt at a field goal, his only intention was to focus on the kick and to make that kick; to him, there was no bigger feeling than seeing the ball go through the uprights, and knowing that they had won the Grey Cup
00:11:32On his ability to "reset" or refocus after making a mistake: "You are not going to be perfect all the time, mistakes happen"; "I always felt that if I made a mistake, I wanted to learn from it and not make it twice in a row"
00:12:25After his retirement in football, he became the Director of Community Relations for the BC Lions and he continued to work as a Team Ambassador; he saw the impact that sport organizations have in the community and he used the opportunity as a Team Ambassador to promote football and to promote sport; he considers himself to be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be in that position to give back to the community; "To me it is all about giving back. Football has given so much to me, and if there is an opportunity for me to give back to the community, hopefully I am there to do so."
00:14:48What he is most proud of from his career in football: he is most proud of the longevity of his career, as well as the friendships he made along the way; football has also taught him about helping others and giving to the community
00:15:32Values that are most important in his journey: throughout his life, teamwork, hard work, respect for others, focus, and discipline have always been important to him
00:19:10Lessons or message that could help youth in their life today: there is a lot of things that can be learned out there, and doing things physically; "Go out there and have fun…enjoy what is around you…go out there and enjoy your friends"
00:19:50What he can say to children about being active in sports: "I think they are going to find a lot of enjoyment with being active in sport. They are going to learn a lot of the things I learned along the way…building relationships, what it means to work with others, the enjoyment of winning…sometimes losing makes you a better person too"
00:20:45Losing is not fun, but he always found it to be a motivator to get better
00:21:34On participation in sport as a good preparation for life: "participation in sport is a building block to what is going to happen in the future…it is all a stepping stone to getting to adulthood, to getting to be a better person"
00:22:39On becoming an Honoured Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame: "It is humbling to be here in the Hall with all the great athletes in Canadian history"; "Being here means your career is what you wanted it to be, and that along the way your career has been recognized by others as being something that was a positive thing in their lives"
|Year Range from||1954|
|Year Range to||2000|
BC Lions, Baltimore Stallions,1985 Grey Cup, 1994 Grey Cup, 2000 Grey Cup
capability, excellence, confidence, positive attitude, balance, focus, teamwork, hard work, discipline