Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Lions General Manager Buono Headlines 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Lions General Manager Buono Headlines 2014 Hall of Fame Class

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Buono headlines '14 Hall of Fame inductees

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REGINA - He's the winningest coach in CFL history, a seven-time Grey Cup champion and one of the league's longest-serving and most respected executives.

And now, Wally Buono is a Hall of Famer.

The B.C. Lions general manager and vice-president of football operations headlines the class of 2014, which was unveiled Friday night by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Also named for induction were former CFL players Ben Cahoon, Uzooma Okeke, Maurice (Moe) Racine and Charles Roberts as well as builder Larry Haylor (longtime CIS head coach) and former Ottawa Gee-Gees star running back Neil Lumsden.

Buono, 63, a native of Potenza, Italy, who grew up in Montreal, has the most career wins (254) of any CFL coach. Buono served as head coach and GM of the Calgary Stampeders from 1990-'02 before moving over to the B.C. Lions, remaining on the sidelines through the 2011 when he retired from coaching after the last of his record-tying five Grey Cup victories as a head coach to concentrate full-time on his GM duties.

Buono also won two Grey Cups as a player with the Montreal Alouettes before retiring in '83 to become an assistant coach with the Concordes. Four times he's received the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's coach of the year.

Buono is also the all-time CFL coaching leader in career Grey Cup appearances (nine), seasons (22), first-place finishes (13) and games (396).

Cahoon, a 41-year-old Utah native who grew up in Alberta, spent his illustrious 13-year CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes. The sure-handed slotback, regarded as one of the league's best receivers ever, was twice the outstanding Canadian ('02, '03) and played in seven Grey Cup games, winning three.

Cahoon retired following the 2010 season as the CFL's all-time leading receiver with 1,017 career catches, a record Saskatchewan Roughriders star Geroy Simon surpassed this season. Cahoon recorded nine career 1,000-yard campaigns with Montreal.

Okeke, 43, of Beaumont, Tex., played 13 CFL seasons as an offensive lineman with Shreveport, Ottawa and Montreal. He appeared in 163 games over 10 years with the Alouettes and played in five Grey Cup games, winning in '02. …

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