Mike Cacic (January 4, 1937 - January 22, 2008) is a former defensive lineman who played 10 years in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions from 1957 to 1967. Mike Cacic was born in the east end in Vancouver of Croatian heritage. Instead of college football, Cacic played in the junior league in the Lower Mainland near Vancouver, a member of the "head hunters" on defence. In his first years as a Lion, he was plagued by injuries. As a rookie in 1957, he missed the last 4 games due to an ankle injury. In his second year, he tore ligaments in his knee and so missed the last 4 games in addition to the entire 1959 season. However, starting in 1960, he played all 16 games for 5 out of 6 years and was a western conference all-star from 1964 to 1966. He was part of the Grey cup winning team of 1964. He retired in 1967.
At the end of his career, Cacic was named to the B.C. Lions 50th Anniversary Dream Team and the BC Lions Wall of Fame. His post football career involved working for the New Westminster, B.C. School board. He spent most of life living in Surrey, B.C.
- ^ 1963 Post cereal football card
- ^ http://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=cacicmik001&defensesort=10
By Dean Hanley
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