Dean started 17 of 18 regular season games playing through a back injury at the season’s mid-way point. Seeing action exclusively at the right guard position and forming a very effective with tackle Jovan Olafioye, Dean was a steady performer during an injury-riddled year for the big men up front.
In his eighth CFL season, Dean started off as the club’s sixth offensive lineman but moved into a starting role with the loss of Kirby Fabien to injury. He made the most of the opportunity and started 12 of the final 13 regular season games as well as the Western Semi-Final at Saskatchewan.
Dean started the season on the club’s injured list due to a training camp injury but bounced back after missing only four weeks. He played as a reserve for Weeks #5-6 and then moved into the starting offensive line for the remainder of the regular season (12 games). Dean’s 100th career regular season game came on Aug 31/12 vs Montreal.
Dean returned to action in 2011 after an injury-shortened 2010 campaign. In training camp, he earned his starting spot back at right guard and played in all 18 games alongside Angus Reid and Jovan Olafioye. He started both the Western Final and the 2011 Grey Cup, his first CFL title game after missing the 2006 Grey Cup due to injury. Valli contributed to the club’s huge improvement from 65 sacks allowed in 2010 to a league-low 29 in 2011.
Dean started the season at centre, taking over for Angus Reid who transitioned to a backup role. Due to injuries on the offensive line, he moved back to left guard from Weeks 4-7 before he suffered a season-ending injury of a broken leg.
Dean started all 18 regular season games. He started 16 games at guard, the final two regular season games and two playoff games at centre after Angus Reid got injured.
Dean once again proved he is ready for regular duty on the Lions’ offensive line, seeing action in all 18 games making six starts at guard and filling in for injured regulars in the other 12 contests.
Filled a valuable backup role in 2007 and is beginning to see more playing time. Saw duty at both guard and centre. Played all 18 games last season.
Dressed for 14 regular season games seeing limited action at centre.
Played four full seasons with the Simon Fraser Clan and was a fixture on their offensive line. Started all 7 games in which he saw action in 2005 and was named to the Canada West Conference All-Star Team. Represented SFU at the 2005 East West Bowl held in Waterloo, Ontario.
Dean enjoys skiing during the winter months (particularly in Whistler, BC) and also plays baseball. He is involved with high school football and various sports camp during his spare time. Dean worked in construction during this past off season.