There is no substitute for victory.
|Height: 6.02||Born: Salem, OR|
|Weight: 213||College: Montana State|
|Birthdate: 1983-09-27||Years: 7 BC / 7 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.
2014: A challenging year for the club’s number one pivot, Travis endured a setback in training camp following offseason shoulder surgery which delayed his return to the lineup until Aug 8/14 versus Hamilton. He got his first action of the year seeing spot duty in the club’s next game at Toronto on Aug 17/14, but did not throw a pass until the Lions took on Saskatchewan at home on Aug 24/14. Following the bye-week, Travis got the start in Ottawa where he was good on 18 of 27 pass attempts for 167 yards before suffering a shoulder injury in the final five minutes of the game and missing the final eight regular season games. He returned to dress for the club’s postseason game in Montreal, but did not see action.
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: 85 Playoff: 7 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2009-2014: Now entering his seventh season as a Lion, Travis has played a key role in some of the club’s most successful seasons since joining the club as a free agent in 2009. Most notably is the 2011 championship season in which he was the CFL Most Outstanding Player and the Most Valuable Player in the Grey Cup game played before a sold-out BC Place. He was the league’s second-ranked passer that year with 4,815 yards which also remains his career-best.
Through 2014, he has a 35-20 record in 55 career starts for the Lions and a career passer rating of 94.7 which ranks fifth all-time in the CFL. Travis has 15 games of 300+ passing yards and 15,007 career passing yards which puts him behind Joe Kapp (16,675) among Lions’ passers and 46th all-time in the CFL.
In addition to his Most Outstanding Player award and Grey Cup MVP, he also has a pair of CFL West Division All-Star honours in 2011 and 2012 and an All-Canadian nod in 2011. His career-best game came on Nov 6/10 vs Hamilton when completed 30-of-41 passes for 424 yards. He ranks fourth all-time just behind Joe Kapp (16,675) among Lions’ passers with 15,007 career yards.
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.