Born: September 17, 1987 – Alexandria, Louisiana
2018: Years as a Lion: 8th Years in CFL: 8th Status: International
Career Games: 120 Playoffs: 8 Grey Cup: 0
Manny rejoined the BC Lions in May 2013 following a two-year absence and NFL stints with Minnesota, Washington and the New York Jets. He was originally a free agent signing of the Lions in May 2009. In December 2015 he signed an extension with the Lions keeping him in orange and black through the 2017 season. He signed another one-year extension in December 2017.
2017: Emmanuel appeared in all 18 games for the fourth time in his Lions career hauling in 100 receptions for 1,137 yards and six majors. His receptions were a team-high while his yardage trailed only Bryan Burnham and was the seventh-highest among all CFL receivers. Emmanuel hit the 100-yard mark four times in 2017 with his best performance coming in a victory over Montreal on Sep 8 when he hauled in six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. The lofty numbers including his third consecutive 1000-yard season has elevated him to second all-time among Lions in receptions (524) and third all-time in yards (7,616).
2016: Emmanuel enjoyed a career year in 2016 as he led all Lions’ receivers with 105 catches for 1,566 yards and also led the entire CFL with 13 touchdown receptions. He became the first Lion to surpass the century-mark in catches since Geroy Simon in 2006 and twice hit the 10-catch mark in games versus Winnipeg (10-150) and Saskatchewan (10-180).
His stellar play in October which included two of his six 100-yard efforts on the year earned him CFL Player of the Month honours. In addition, he took home CFL Top Performer of the Week kudos three times and earned his second-consecutive CFL and West Division All-Star selections. In the postseason, Manny recorded 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown.
2015: A banner year for the five-year Lions vet as he led the club in receiving yards with 1,151 on 76 receptions with nine majors and three 100-yard performances. The lofty numbers were career-highs for Arceneaux and ranked him fourth among all CFL receivers and earned him his first West Division and CFL All-Star honour.
2014: A standout year for the veteran pass-grabber as he led the club with 905 yards on 62 receptions with eight majors over 15 regular season games. Hitting the 100+ yard mark three times in 2014, Manny’s best outing came July 19/14 versus Montreal as he torched the Als secondary for 145 yards on eight receptions and three touchdowns which also earned him Offensive Player of the Week honours. Other notable games were his 103-yard performance at home against Hamilton on Aug 8/14 and a dazzling 119-yard game on nine catches versus the Argos on Sep 19/14.
2013: Emmanuel rejoined the Lions in late May 2013 after being released by the New York Jets. He had a notable season in his third campaign as a BC Lion with 885 yards on 51 receptions despite battling through a number of injuries. He made 16 starts and was one of five CFL receivers to make 10 or more catches of 30+ yards. Emmanuel also had three 100-yard games in 2013 including a season-high 113 yards vs Hamilton on Aug 30/13. He also caught three passes for 92 yards and two TDs on Oct 25/13 vs Edmonton.
2010: Emmanuel recorded an impressive sophomore season for the Lions reaching the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his pro career in 2010. He ranked 11th in the CFL with 1,114 receiving yards on 67 receptions with both totals surpassing his rookie year output. He posted three 100-yard games including a career-high 164 yards on eight catches on the final weekend win at Hamilton to secure a playoff spot. He also had 11 receptions of 30 yards or more to rank 3rd in the CFL.
2009: Emmanuel enjoyed a spectacular rookie season for the Lions and finished third on the team and 15th in the CFL with 858 yards on 63 receptions. He added seven TDs which ranked third on the team and he recorded season-highs of 158 yards and nine receptions on Aug 21/09 vs Winnipeg. Emmanuel notched two 100-yard games for the year.
CFL All-Star: 2016, 2015
West Division All-Star: 2016, 2015
2009–2010, 2013–2017: Emmanuel now has 524 receptions for 7,616 receiving yards over seven seasons and 120 regular season games with the Lions. His career reception total puts him second all-time to Geroy Simon’s 904 while his 7,616 receiving yards place him third behind Jim Young (9,248) and of course, Geroy Simon (14,756). He’s hit the 100-reception mark the past two seasons (’16, ’17) and his 105 receptions in 2016 also equals Geroy Simon’s tally in 2006 as the second-most in one season behind Darren Fluties 111 grabs in 1994. His 54 career touchdowns are complimented nicely by his 14.5-yard average gain per catch and 24 career 100-yard games. In eight playoff games, he has 34 receptions for another 474 yards and two majors.
Emmanuel appeared in 32 games over four seasons (’05-’08) at Alcorn State and recorded 99 receptions for 1,618 yards and 12 TD’s. He was the team’s third-leading receiver in three of his four seasons and the school’s second-leading receiver in 2007. He was also a member of the Alcorn State track team.
Emmanuel attended Peabody Magnet High School and lettered in football and track/field. He was an All-District wide receiver and free safety and was an honourable mention placekicker during his senior season. While attending Alcorn State, he majored in Recreation. During the off-season, Emmanuel resides in the Vancouver area and is a significant part of the club’s community programs.