Newspaper article The Canadian Press

At His 12th Training Camp, Ryan Phillips Still Going Strong for B.C. Lions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

At His 12th Training Camp, Ryan Phillips Still Going Strong for B.C. Lions

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Phillips still going strong for B.C. Lions


KAMLOOPS, B.C. - An off-season vacation earlier in Ryan Phillips' career might have taken him to a party destination like Las Vegas.

Now a family man at 33, the veteran defensive back for the B.C. Lions embarked on a much different kind of trip with his wife and two young sons this past winter.

"To go to Disneyland Paris was something," said Phillips, grinning ear to ear while recounting his European adventure that also included stops at the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower.

"I enjoy being a father. That's what I do first and foremost. I want to be the best role model possible for them," he added. "Instilling those family values is always going to be the No. 1 priority for me."

The top priority on the field for the father figure in the Lions' secondary is getting his team back to the top of the CFL after four straight frustration-filled seasons.

B.C. hoisted the Grey Cup in 2011 -- the second title for Phillips after also winning it in 2006 -- but the club hasn't tasted victory in a playoff game since, including a dismal 7-11 campaign last season.

At his 12th training camp with the Lions, he understands the clock is ticking on his mortality as an athlete and is hungry for one more shot at glory.

"If anything's going to end, you want to end on a good note," he said. "I'm happy my career's still going in the right direction and I'm still playing at a high level."

At five foot 10 and 195 pounds, Phillips has had remarkable durability. He's missed just four regular-season games, all in 2015, while snagging 46 interceptions, just five short of the franchise mark.

Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono, back on the sidelines for the first time since 2011, brought Phillips into the league and still remembers seeing him at a free-agent camp in Oregon a dozen years ago.

"His skills have never really diminished. I think Ryan still has fun. Football has to be fun," said Buono. "He's been a great pro and also a great ambassador for the club. …

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