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Veteran CFL kicker McCallum retires as a B.C. Lion after 23 seasons

BC Lions' Paul McCallum celebrates a game-winning field goal against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on August 24, 2012. The veteran kicker has announced his retirement.

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Veteran CFL kicker Paul McCallum signed a one-day contract with the B.C. Lions Monday, allowing him to retire with the team he helped win two Grey Cup titles.

McCallum dressed for 339 games over 23 CFL seasons with B.C., Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Rough Riders, who ceased operations in 1996.

"The relationships, teammates, times in the dressing, practical jokes, that's what I'm going to miss," McCallum said at a press conference.

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The two-time CFL all-star was named the top Canadian of the 2006 Grey Cup game, booting six field goals in the Lions' 25-14 win over Montreal.

He also claimed the league's most outstanding special teams award in 2011.

McCallum leaves with the second-highest CFL career point total with 3,131 and the second-most field goals with 718.

"He will be remembered not only as a great kicker, but as a great B.C. Lion," Lions coach and general manager Wally Buono said.

McCallum also had stints in the World League of American Football and the XFL.

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