Marco Iannuzzi

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Marco Iannuzzi
No. 87
Iannuzzi BC Lions vs Montreal 2016.jpg
Marco Iannuzzi in Montreal 2016.
Born: (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 32)
Calgary, Alberta
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight196 lb (89 kg)
High schoolSt. Francis High School
CFL draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Drafted byBC Lions
Career history
As player
20112017BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Marco Iannuzzi (born May 21, 1987) is a retired Canadian football wide receiver for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is also a Harvard graduate.


Iannuzzi spent his first two years as an economics concentrator while pursuing pre-medical requirements. He spent the following two years of his degree studying engineering, architecture and environmental science.[1]

Professional football[edit]

Marco Iannuzzi hoists 99th Grey Cup.
Marco Iannuzzi hoists the 99th Grey Cup

2011: 2011 Grey Cup Champion. Iannuzzi was the Lions’ first selection in the 2011 CFL Draft. He made his CFL debut in Week 1 and appeared in 15 regular season games where he caught eight passes for 65 yards and added 135 yards on 16 punt returns for an 8.4 yard average.[2]

2012: Iannuzzi had his first two touchdowns against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on October 5.[3] He finished the regular season with 30 receptions for 353 yards and 5 touchdowns.[2]

2013: In his third season with the Lions, Iannuzzi became a regular starter recording 15 starts in 17 appearances as well as the Western Semi-Final. He caught 24 passes for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That game also included his longest gain as a CFL player, a 56-yard completion from Travis Lulay.[2]

2014: Iannuzzi spent the first four games of the year on the injured list before dressing for the 14 remaining games of the year. Notching 11 receptions for 124 yards on the year, Iannuzzi was also called upon to be a regular on special teams where he recorded a career-high 401 yards on 19 kickoff returns and 86 yards on 14 punt returns.

2015: Iannuzzi appeared in all 18 regular season games notching five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown Iannuzzi recorded 14 punt returns for a career-high 174 yards featuring a 57-yard romp versus Edmonton on Oct. 17 as well as 3 kickoff returns for 47 yards.

2016: In 2016, he hauled in 29 catches for a career-high 360 yards. On special teams he had 22 punt returns for 232 yards, both career highs, as well as five kickoff returns for 104 yards. Iannuzzi capped off the season by collecting the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given annually to the player demonstrating sportsmanship and saluting their dedication to community service.

2017: Iannuzzi signed a two-year extension with the Lions through the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[4]


Iannuzzi serves as a chairman, director, board member, and master of ceremonies and live auctioneer for various charities and community initiatives. He currently sits as chairman of Ernie Els for Autism Vancouver and a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Sources BC, and The Whistler Invitational.[citation needed]

Iannuzzi serving as a live auctioneer for charity.


  1. ^ "Marco Iannuzzi about us".
  2. ^ a b c "Marco Iannuzzi - Roster - B.C. Lions". 8 October 2014. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Calgary native fills in for B.C. Lions legend".
  4. ^ "Lions sign DB Jackson; re-sign Iannuzzi and Yell - Article - TSN". 14 February 2017.

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