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Lui Passaglia battling stage 3 colon cancer

Lui Passaglia, whose football career spanned 25 years and included three Grey Cups, all with the B.C. Lions, has revealed that he has stage 3 colon cancer.

Retired B.C. Lions kicker diagnosed last summer

Lui Passaglia is one of the best CFL kickers of all-time. He played 25 seasons and won three Grey Cups with the B.C. Lions. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Fans across the Canadian Football League are expressing their support for one of the greatest kickers who ever played the game. 

Lui Passaglia, whose career spanned 25 years and included three Grey Cups, all with the B.C. Lions, has revealed that he has stage 3 colon cancer.

Reports in the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun have indicated that Passaglia was diagnosed with cancer last year, but only recently went public.

He continues to receive chemotherapy and other treatments for the disease.

Passaglia told the Vancouver Province he's going public with his diagnosis to try to help other cancer patients. He's currently looking to organize a fundraising campaign for colon cancer research and treatment.

“We’ve talked,” B.C. Lions president Dennis Skulsky told the Province. “Lui has a special relationship, and we need to find some good out of this. When you think about what Lui has done for the community over the years, it’s only right that we are involved in some way.”

The Vancouver-born Passaglia still holds several CFL records:

  • Most games played (408)
  • First player to score more than 200 points in a single season (214 in 1987)
  • All-time regular season points leader (3,991)
  • Best single-season field goal percentage (90.9% in 2000)

Passaglia's winning field goal in the 1994 Grey Cup was named the greatest moment in B.C. Lions history.

In 2001, he was inducted to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

Passaglia spent most of his life in Vancouver, attending Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia in the 1970s. He played football and soccer for Simon Fraser. 

In 2006, he received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser and delivered the Convocation address.

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