The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation located in Hamilton, Ontario that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is an open to the public institution. It includes displays about the Canadian Football League, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history. It includes a gift shop and the Hall recently opened a website. The main feature of the Hall is the central portion of the museum where inducted members, each with a metal bust depicting their head, are displayed. There are also featured displays that highlight each Canadian Football League team's history, and an interactive field goal kicking exhibit.
Once during every CFL season, the Hall sponsors the induction ceremony of former players. Included in the "Hall of Fame Weekend" is an affiliated Hamilton Tiger-Cats game. Traditionally, the inducted players will come to the Hall and make an acceptance speech in front of the building where their newly sculpted bust is unveiled. A player must be retired from the game for at least five years before being eligible for consideration. A Hall of Fame voting committee is composed of sports writers, selected CFL executives and inducted members.
The Canadian Hall of Fame officially opened on November 28, 1972. It is located in downtown Hamilton, beside the former Hamilton City Hall and Family Courts Building, which is inside the former Andrew Carnegie library on Main Street, between Bay Street and MacNab Street.
The Canadian Hall of Fame is easily identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled. Currently, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame has honoured over two hundred inductees: sixty-two in the Builders category and one hundred and forty-seven players. Charter membership to the Hall began on June 19, 1963.
Lui Passaglia (born June 7, 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia) was a record-setting placekicker in the Canadian Football League. After playing wide receiver and kicker/punter for Simon Fraser University, he was drafted by the CFL's BC Lions in 1976. He went on to kick and punt for the Lions for a record 25 years, appearing in a record 408 regular season games, and scoring the most points in regular season play (3,991).
In addition to setting many other records, he was a West Division All-Star nine times, and a CFL All-Star four times. Passaglia won three Grey Cup championships (1985, 1994, and 2000), and was named Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian twice (1985 and 1994). His last-second winning field goal in the 1994 Grey Cup was named the greatest play in BC Lions history.
After retiring in 2000, he was the director of community relations for the Lions. He was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2006, he was voted one of the top 50 players in CFL history (#30) in a poll conducted by sports television network TSN.