Chris O'Leary

O’Leary: Lions’ faith in Rourke rewarded

November 9, 2022 | Chris O'Leary
To an outsider, The BC Lions’ decision to name Nathan Rourke their starter this year could be seen as a leap of faith. senior writer Chris O’Leary learned in Vancouver it was ...

O’Leary | Terrell Jana on 4 Life-Changing Years at UVA

April 30, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
Terrell Jana was a freshman at Virginia taking part in what felt like the longest scrimmage of his life. It was August, 2017 and while the West Vancouver, BC receiver had spent the past two years ...

O’Leary: No. 1 pick Ford Has A Big Opportunity In BC

April 16, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
The name may have been unfamiliar and the location may have been something of a surprise to others, but the BC Lions knew exactly what they were doing when they chose Jake Ford first overall in ...

Boqiao Li Hopes To Make The Leap From China To The Cfl

April 15, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
CHRIS O’LEARY As the only Chinese-born player in the CFL’s Global Draft, you may be wondering how Boqiao Li got here. The six-foot-three, 240-pound linebacker will tell ...

British LB Izinyon draws an impressive comparison ahead of Global Draft

April 12, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
If you followed the CFL’s combine workouts last year, David Izinyon’s name may be familiar to you. The six-foot-one, 240-pound linebacker was a standout at last year’s combine in England and was ...

Swedish DB William James ‘a top-three Global DB

April 12, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
As we move closer to the CFL Global Draft on April 15, we’re putting a spotlight on our prospects, focusing on some interesting background information on them. We also have some analysis on them ...

O’Leary: Inside Neil McEvoy’s journey to Lions’ co-GM

December 11, 2020 | Chris O'Leary
From slipping past reception to get his foot in the door to being named co-general manager of the BC Lions this week, Neil McEvoy has had a journey to the job like few others, he tells ...

O’Leary: Teams leaning on technology as the draft approaches

March 23, 2020 | Chris O'Leary
With the CFL combine cancelled, BC Lions GM Ed Hervey and Ottawa REDBLACKS head coach Paul LaPolice will lean on technology to continue scouting players, they tell senior writer Chris ...

‘I let this thing own me’: Reilly opens up about mental health

July 3, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
Mike Reilly opens up about his story of his battle off the field with mental health, as told by senior writer Chris O’Leary.

Nothing Rhymes with Orange: Lions uniqueness driving 2019 season

June 10, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
Heading into 2019, after many off-season changes, the BC Lions are encouraged to celebrate their differences and what makes them unique.’s senior writer Chris O’Leary explains.