Jamie Taras

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Jamie Taras
David Braley and Jamie Taras (2010).jpg
Jamie Taras (right)
Date of birth: (1966-01-31) January 31, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Acton, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): C/G/FB
University: Western Ontario
CFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 3 / Pick: 25
Drafted by: BC Lions
Organizations
As player:
1987-2003 BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1995, 1999
CFL West All-Star: 1999, 2001, 2002
Awards: 1999 Tom Pate Memorial Award
Retired #s: BC Lions #60

Jamie Taras (born January 31, 1966 in Acton, Ontario) is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League British Columbia Lions, and current Director of Community Relations with the BC Lions. Taras spent his entire 16 year career with the Lions as a fullback and offensive lineman, and played on two Grey Cup championship teams with the club.[1]

Taras played Canadian college football at the University of Western Ontario. In 2003, Taras was voted a member of the B.C. Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration.[2] Taras' #60 jersey is one of eight numbers retired by the B.C. Lions.[3]

High School and College career[edit]

From 1983 to 1986, Taras played Canadian college football at the University of Western Ontario.[4] Taras was an offensive guard for the Mustangs.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Following his graduation from the University of Western Ontario, Taras was drafted by the B.C. Lions in the third round of the 1987 CFL Draft as a guard.[5] Taras initially played fullback for the Lions for four years, but achieved the greatest success of his playing career as an offensive guard, and later, center.

In 1994, Taras was a part of the Lions' 11-6-1 season that culminated in a Grey Cup matchup with the Baltimore Stallions. The Lions ultimately prevailed, 26-23. The following season, 1995, Taras, playing guard, was named a CFL All-Star for the first time. Taras would be named a CFL All-Star a second time, in 1999, for his play at center. Taras twice won the DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy as the CFL Western Division's Most Outstanding Lineman, in 1995 and 1999. In 1999, Taras was also awarded the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as the Most Outstanding Canadian in the CFL Western Division, and the Tom Pate Memorial Award, for his outstanding sportsmanship and service to the community.

In 2000, Taras was a member of the Lion's fourth Grey Cup championship team. The Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes 28-26, with Taras snapping the ball to then-Lions quarterback, Damon Allen.

Taras retired from the Lions in 2003, and was voted a member of the B.C. Lions All-Time Dream Team, at the guard position, as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration.[2] Taras #60 was also retired by the Lions, but curiously, his jersey number was worn during the 2006 CFL season by then Lions tackle, Jason Jimenez.

Post-Football life[edit]

Following his retirement in 2003, Taras became the Vice-President of the Canadian Football League Players' Association. Now the Director of Community Relations with the BC Lions.

Taras currently resides in South Surrey, British Columbia with his wife Jennifer, and their two children, Sydney and William .[6] Taras is very active in the Greater Vancouver area in community and charitable activities.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Michael Booth (2004-03-11). "Team Skills Invaluable for Former Lions All-Star". The Now Newspaper.com. Retrieved 2006-09-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "B.C. Lions Dream Team". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
  3. ^ "B.C. Lions Retired Numbers". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
  4. ^ Morris Dalla Costa (2002-10-31). "Lions to Honour ex-Mustang Taras". SLAM Sports.com (original article appeared in the London Free Press). Retrieved 2006-09-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ "B.C. Lions Draft Picks History". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
  6. ^ Michael Booth (2004-03-11). "Team Skills Invaluable for Former Lions All-Star". The Now Newspaper.com. Retrieved 2006-09-09. [dead link]