B.C. Lions players Travis Lulay, left, and Paul McCallum sign autographs for football fans on Tuesday morning at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

B.C. Lions players Travis Lulay, left, and Paul McCallum sign autographs for football fans on Tuesday morning at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park.

Nanaimo fans cheer Grey Cup champs

Local football fans got a chance to meet B.C. Lions players Travis Lulay and Paul McCallum on the Grey Cup Tour this week.

Even two months later, Grey Cup fever still hasn’t really died down.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Lions fans got a chance this week to see the Canadian Football League’s championship trophy and a couple of their Lions heroes at a pair of events in the city.

Lions quarterback Travis Lulay and kicker Paul McCallum brought the hardware to the Harewood Arms Pub on Monday night, then to the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse on Tuesday morning. Both events drew a number of orange-clad supporters looking to meet the Leos and see the trophy they earned in a 34-23 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 99th Grey Cup on Nov. 27 in Vancouver.

“It has been a lot of fun, just getting a chance to relive this and then share it with all the people,” said Lulay. “It means a lot to a lot of people so it’s been very well received everywhere we go. Everyone’s very excited and appreciative so it’s really cool to see.”

Even the early-morning autograph session on Tuesday didn’t deter die-hard fans.

“We’re here at 7:30 a.m. and there’s people that have got their [eye-black] painted up and things like that,” said McCallum. “It’s really good to be able to come back and give to the community for all the support they have given us.”

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