The BC Lions Football Club is mourning the loss of Mike Cacic who passed away Tuesday at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
One of the greatest defensive tackles in Lions history, Mike Cacic was known as 'Black Mike' for his intimidating size and strength. Born January 4, 1937, he joined the club in 1957 after a career with the Vancouver Juniors but missed most of the 1958 season and all of 1959 with a serious knee injury which would have ended most CFL careers. He returned in 1960 becoming a regular and finished up an outstanding 11-year career with 117 games played. Cacic retired after the 1967 season when injuries cut his career short at the age of 30.
"My memories of Mike's play remain extremely vivid," said Lions president and CEO, Bob Ackles. "He was an outstanding competitor who possessed the level of ability which would have made him a standout even today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Cacic was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team three straight seasons from 1964 to 1966 and was a key part of the first Lions' Grey Cup teams in 1963 and 1964 and the famous 'Headhunters' defense. He is remembered for his 5 tackles of Hamilton QB Bernie Faloney in the two Grey Cups (in the days before sacks were recorded) and for his huge presence along the defensive line and in the dressing room.
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