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Paul McCallum (born January 7, 1970) is a retired Canadian football punter and placekicker. McCallum had been a member of four different CFL franchises, one XFL team, an NFL Europa team, and a Scottish third division club. At the time of his retirement, McCallum was the oldest active player in the CFL, having played in 23 seasons over the course of his career.

Paul McCallum
No. 4
Born: (1970-01-07) January 7, 1970 (age 50)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)K/P
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CJFLSurrey Rams
Career history
As player
1993BC Lions
1993Ottawa Rough Riders
1994BC Lions
19941995Saskatchewan Roughriders
1996Scottish Claymores (WLAF)
19962005Saskatchewan Roughriders
2001Las Vegas Outlaws (XFL)
20062014BC Lions
2015Saskatchewan Roughriders
2016BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2010, 2011
CFL West All-Star2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014
Awards
Career stats

Junior careerEdit

McCallum played junior football with the Surrey Rams of the Canadian Junior Football League.

Professional careerEdit

SoccerEdit

Following his junior stint with the Rams, McCallum travelled to Scotland to play professional soccer in the Scottish Third Division (his cousin, Brian O'Neill, is also a professional soccer player).

Early CFL CareerEdit

In 1993, after playing soccer in Scotland he returned to Canada and signed as a free agent with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After being released, he had numerous short stints with the Ottawa Rough Riders, BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1993 through 1995.

Scottish ClaymoresEdit

McCallum once again travelled to Scotland to play professional sports, this time as the punter and placekicker for the Scottish Claymores of the World League, and was with the team when they won World Bowl '96.[1]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

McCallum returned to Canada to play with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1996, and would play for the club through 2000.

Las Vegas OutlawsEdit

McCallum was the Las Vegas Outlaws' kicker during the XFL's only season in 2001, scoring the first ever points in XFL history with a 25-yard field goal against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen.[2]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)Edit

After the XFL folded after its inaugural season McCallum returned to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. McCallum set a CFL record for the longest field goal kicked in the CFL when he booted a wind-aided 62-yard field goal against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 27, 2001 in a 12-3 victory at Taylor Field.[3]

In the 2004 CFL playoffs, McCallum missed a crucial 18-yard field goal in an overtime game against the BC Lions. The Roughriders went on to lose the game, and outraged fans vandalized McCallum's northwest Regina home with eggs, dumped manure on his neighbour's property, and uttered death threats to his family. The incident made national news, and the football club and Regina's mayor Pat Fiacco both denounced the vandalism as an "isolated incident" of "hooliganism". On the comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Shaun Majumder (playing a Roughriders GM) apologized for calling McCallum "a bum who could be out-kicked by a goat missing a leg".

BC Lions (III)Edit

On February 23, 2006, he signed a two-year contract with the BC Lions after declining to take a 30% pay-cut from the Roughriders.[3][4]

He tied the record for most field goals in a Grey Cup when he kicked six in six attempts in the 94th Grey Cup on November 19, 2006. He was awarded the Dick Suderman Trophy as the Grey Cup's most valuable Canadian for his efforts.[5]

In 2010, McCallum set a number of career marks. Continuing from the 14 consecutive field goals he made at the end of the 2009 season, McCallum connected on 10 straight to start the season, finishing just short of Dave Ridgway's CFL record of 28 straight field goals. Throughout the season he was flirting with Lui Passaglia's record for most accurate season (90.9%), and finished with a career best 88.2% completion percentage. He also finished the regular season with a career high 46 successful field goals. Because of his standout season, McCallum was named the Lions' nominee for Most Outstanding Player, the first ever kicker in Lions' history, and Most Outstanding Canadian.[6]

On October 8, 2011 at BC Place in Vancouver, Paul set the record, with 30, for the most all-time consecutive field goals made in the CFL, breaking the previous mark of 28 held by Dave Ridgway.[7] Only two seasons later, his record was broken by Calgary's Rene Paredes who connected on his 31st consecutive field goal on July 26, 2013.[8] Paul McCallum would finish the 2011 CFL season making 50 of 53 field goal attempts, for a career best 94.3% accuracy. He was recognized for his success when he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams player for 2011.

Following up his career season with another solid season in the 2012 CFL season. He amassed 44 successful field goals in 52 attempts (84.6%). The 2012 season was McCallum's 20th year in the CFL and 7th year with the BC Lions. He is one of only 5 players to have played 20 or more years in the CFL. During the 2013 CFL season McCallum saw a reduced number of field goal attempts, only 33, of which he converted on 28.

In February 2014 McCallum signed a contract extension with the BC Lions.[9] In 2014 he had his best field goal kicking season since 2011, converting 38 of 42 attempts (90.5%). His 90.5% success rate was not only league leading, but also only his second time in his career of with a conversion percentage in the 90's. His role as a punter was heavily diminished in 2014, as he only performed 12 punts for the Lions in the season. On March 23, 2015, the Lions announced that McCallum would be returning for his 23rd season in the CFL.[10] On June 6, 2015, McCallum, age 45, was released by the Lions after refusing to retire.[11] [12]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (III)Edit

On July 1, 2015, McCallum signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[13] He played in 14 games, making 29 of 36 field goal attempts before being deactivated for the final three games of the season in favour of Tyler Crapigna. McCallum was released on December 21, 2015.[14]

BC Lions (IV)Edit

On March 7, 2016, McCallum signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the BC Lions.[15][16] He remained retired for about eight months before re-signing with the BC Lions prior to the last game of the 2016 regular season.[17]

NotorietyEdit

CFLEdit

  • He holds the CFL record for longest field goal made at 62 yards
  • Has the second-highest field goal kicking accuracy in a single season at 94.34%.[18]
  • 4th most games played in CFL history
  • 2nd most field goals scored in a CFL career (behind only Lui Passaglia)
  • Top 10 most accurate kicker over a CFL career (minimum of 100 attempts)
  • 3rd longest consecutive successful field goal attempts with 30 in 2011.
  • The only player in CFL history to play against the Ottawa Rough Riders, the Ottawa Renegades and the Ottawa RedBlacks. McCallum was also the last active player to have played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, with that franchise folding in 1996.
  • The last active player to have played against an American-based CFL team

OtherEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-10-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Paul McCallum bio
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2009-03-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2006/02/22/mccallum_riders_confirmed060222.html Riders proposed pay cut: B.C.-bound McCallum
  4. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/lions_land_mccallum Lions land McCallum
  5. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/kicked_out Kicked out
  6. ^ https://theprovince.com/sports/Savvy+skilled+McCallum+makes+compelling+case+award/3775432/story.html
  7. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/mccallum-sets-cfl-consecutive-fg-record McCallum sets CFL consecutive FG record
  8. ^ Bo knows: Mitchell carries Stamps over Bombers
  9. ^ Lions sign K McCallum to extension
  10. ^ "Lions extend Phillips; McCallum to return in 2015". CFL. CFL.ca Staff.
  11. ^ "McCallum requests release from Lions". bclions. bclions.com Staff.
  12. ^ "B.C. Lions grant kicker Paul McCallum a release". globalnews.ca. June 6, 2015. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Kicker Paul McCallum signs contract with Riders
  14. ^ George, Webster sign extensions
  15. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (March 7, 2016). "Paul McCallum, CFL's oldest player/last active XFL/WLAF player, retires at 46". ca.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "PAUL MCCALLUM TO OFFICIALLY RETIRE AS A LION". bclions.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  17. ^ "Paul McCallum joins Lions after coming out of retirement". CFL.ca. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2013-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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