The Kirk Group

The Kirk Group

June 23, 2008 14:50 ET

The Kirk Group: Lion Spirit of Tyson Craiggs

Three Seasons of Fond Memories with BC Lions

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - As the master of football's most unsung skill, long snapping, Tyson Craiggs had an inspiring three years with the BC Lions football team. As the team goes through transition, Craiggs is moving forward and is excited about the next step in his career and where it might take him. BC-born, he will be missed for his talent and dedication on the field, while his extraordinary community spirit off the field continues to shine.

Fellow teammate, Centre Angus Reid says, "Craiggs was a fantastic teammate, he really cared and really gave everything he had. He would do anything for his team and the organization and always promoted the Lions in a hugely positive manner."

Craiggs earned a reputation among the league's special team coaches as a hardnosed 'tireless warrior'. He appeared in every game since his rookie season in 2005 as well as the 2006 West Championship and Grey Cup, playing a critical role on special teams as the Lions' long snapper and back-up linebacker.

About the Lions, Craiggs says, "I will truly miss my team mates and coaches; we built a special camaraderie that made us the best team and organization in the league. It was truly an honour to be part of that. I would like to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to play football in my home town for the BC Lions."

When the Jim Young Scholarship ran dry last year, Craiggs established the Tyson Craiggs Mission Ridge Aggregates Scholarship fund to assist high school and community football players' education by attending a CIS Canada West University. Craiggs also regularly donates game tickets to under-privileged kids and continually raises funds for amateur football, such as his involvement in the annual "Orange Helmet Dinner". Craiggs also coached at his former high school St. Thomas More Collegiate and at the Football BC Provincial Senior Bowl talent evaluation camp.

Former coach, Nick Kawaza says of Craiggs, "I've known Craiggs for over ten years; he's an extremely committed person to the community and to the team."

At 26, Craiggs' achievements are only just beginning. He recorded 39 special teams tackles in three seasons putting him in the top three on the Lions. Craiggs is the son of Ted Craiggs, a former Football BC President, and Special Teams Coach with the BC Lions. Craiggs played his college career for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. In 2002 he was third in the country in solo tackles (59) and in 2005 he signed with the Lions as a free agent. The future is bright for this rising star as he continues his quest in the CFL.

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