There is no substitute for victory.
|Height: 6.02||Born: Salem, OR|
|Weight: 216||College: Montana State|
|Birthdate: 1983-09-27||Years: 6 BC / 6 CFL|
Travis had been on the Lions' radar for some time prior to joining the club in 2009 as he attempted to crack the lineup of the Seattle Seahawks.
A smart and athletic pivot whose game is perfectly suited for the CFL, Travis attended the Lions' free agent camp in Portland, Oregon in the spring of 2009. Soon after his impressive performance there, he was signed to a contract and made the Lions roster coming out of training camp.
2013: The 2013 season was a challenging one for Travis as the veteran pivot started just 11 of the club’s 18 regular season games after suffering a shoulder injury on Sep 15 vs Montreal. He guided the Lions to a 7-4 record in his 11 starts and despite the mid-season setback, led the Lions in passing with 2,841 yards and 19 touchdown passes.
2012: Travis was the West Division All-Star quarterback for the second straight year after passing for 4,231 yards and 27 TDs in 16 starts (12-4 record). He threw for 300+ yards five times and led the club to a CFL record low of 23 turnovers. He set career-best marks with a 100.7 passer rating and 66.5 completion percentage with only 10 interceptions.
He dressed for all 18 games but did not see action in Weeks 16 and 17 due to a sore shoulder. Travis extended his TD pass streak to 26 games, the second-longest streak in CFL history which ended in the final regular season game giving him at least one TD pass in 36 of 39 games. He finished the year as the CFL's third ranked passer despite missing two games and established back-to-back 4,000 yard seasons. Travis also led all CFL QBs with 477 yards rushing and scored 3 TDs.
2011: Travis was the dominant player in the CFL in 2011, earning Most Outstanding Player Awards for both regular season play and in the Grey Cup victory over Winnipeg. Starting all 18 games (11-7 record), he finished up as the number two passer in the CFL with 4,815 yards and tied for the lead with 32 touchdown passes. His pass efficiency rating ended up at 95.8, but over the season’s final 11 games it was a remarkable 109.2.
Travis threw for 300+ yards on six occasions, including a season-high 366 in the opener at Montreal Jun 30/11. He enjoyed 10 games with two or more touchdown passes and completed 61.6% of his attempts in the season’s final 10 games. Ranking second among pivots in rushing with 391 yards and 14 gains of 10+ yards, Travis ripped off two huge gains in 2011: 53 yards (Sep 10/11 vs Tor) and 61 yards (in the playoff win over Edmonton).
Games Played: Career: 81 Playoff: 6 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2009-2013: After joining the Lions as a free agent on May 20, 2009, Travis played a key role in his rookie season which saw multiple injuries to Lions quarterbacks. He remained a backup until getting his chance in 2010 to start nine games plus the Western Semi-Final. He went into 2011 as the club’s projected starting quarterback and made the most of his first full time opportunity. As the second-ranked passer in the CFL in 2011 with 4,815 yards, he led the club to their first Grey Cup victory since 2006.
Through 2013, he has a 34-20 record in 54 career starts for the Lions and a career passer rating of 95.0 with 15 games of 300+ passing yards. Travis’ kudos include one CFL Outstanding Player Award, a Grey Cup MVP trophy and a pair of CFL All-Star seasons. His career-best game came on Nov 6/10 vs Hamilton when completed 30-of-41 passes for 424 yards. He now ranks fourth all-time just behind Joe Kapp among Lions’ passers with 14,813 career yards.
2006-2008: Lulay signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 but was released during final cuts that September. He was re-signed by the Seahawks on January 4, 2007 and was assigned to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europa where he started eight games.
After being waived in April 2008, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Lulay rejoined the Seahawks again in October 2008 and was released at the end of the regular season.
CFL All-Star: 2011
West Division All-Star: 2012, 2011
CFL Most Outstanding Player: 2011
Grey Cup MVP: 2011
Travis enjoyed a very successful four-year college career (’02-’05) at Montana State where he left with school records for career passing yards (10,724), career completions (889), passing yards in a season (3,485 in 2004) and passing yards in a game (516 in 2004).
In addition to leading his team in rushing yards during his senior year with 611, he also became just the fifth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a career.
Travis and his wife, Kimberly along with daughter Parker, make their off-season home just across the border in Blaine, Washington. When he’s not training for the season, he enjoys getting in as much fishing and golfing as possible.
Despite his busy schedule, Travis is a tireless contributor to the club’s off-season community programs and makes dozens of appearances across the province each winter. The Lions’ 2011 championship season is his greatest football memory to date, but his alma mater’s 2002 win over Montana ranks as a close second.
Away from the field, Travis can be found watching his favorite TV show The Office or enjoying country music’s Toby Keith and he lists his favourite book as Angels and Demons.