Ryan Phillips


195 lbs


5' 10"


Defensive Back


Eastern Washington


Nov 15th, 1982

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Proving that he may indeed go down as one of the club’s most durable and consistent players, Ryan appeared in all 18 regular season games for the 10th time in his amazing career as a Lion. Leading the team with three interceptions, the veteran halfback also had at least one defensive tackle in 17 of 18 games on his way to ringing-up 39 on the year along with five pass knockdowns.


Ryan extended his active games-played streak to 162 last season with 18 more starts at defensive halfback, the longest run in the CFL heading into 2014. Notching 36 tackles and two interceptions, Ryan was named to both the CFL and West Division All-Star teams for the fourth time in his nine-year career. As one of the league’s most versatile defenders he expanded his role to kickoff coverage units and added two special teams tackles while recording at least one defensive stop in 17 of 18 games last year with three more in the Western Semi-Final. 


Ryan extended his active games-played streak to 144 last season with 18 starts, the longest games-played run in the CFL heading into 2013. Playing the halfback position, he achieved West Division and CFL All-Star status for the third time in his career making 32 defensive tackles and five more on special teams.  Ryan led the club with four interceptions including a 23-yard return on October 16/12 vs Calgary. All four of Ryan’s interceptions came during the club’s final six regular season games. 


Phillips extended his active games-played streak to 126 last season, the longest such run in the CFL heading into 2012. Starting all 18 games plus the Western Final and Grey Cup games, Phillips recorded 46 regular season tackles (fifth on the team) and led the way with seven pass knockdowns. He led the Lions with four interceptions, which he returned for 112 yards and one TD (Sep 24/11 vs Ssk). He tied for ninth in the CFL with his four picks and recorded a season-high five tackles on two occasions. With his four interceptions, Phillips made it five out of seven career years with at least three INTs.


Ryan is recording his second-highest totals for five interceptions, 109 return yards and four sacks. He started all 18 games for sixth straight season. A key defender at halfback Ryan also spent time on special teams making a pair of tackles for 51 in total. Ryan was voted CFL Defensive Player-of-the-Week for Week 18 with 2 interceptions for 33 return yards. He had eight tackles on October 16 2010.


Ryan started all 18 games for the Lions at defensive halfback in his fifth season with the Lions. Ryan notched 38 tackles and had four interceptions to give him the second-highest single-season total of his career. He recorded two defensive touchdowns in 2009, returning an interception 60 yards for a score in July vs Saskatchewan and a fumble for 21 yards vs Toronto in August. He finished second on the team with four interceptions and tied for the club lead with a pair of fumble returns.


Ryan started all 18 regular season games at defensive halfback making 43 tackles and grabbing one interception. Saving his best performance for the playoffs, Ryan recorded a two-interception performance at Saskatchewan in the West Semi-Final and which included a 54-yard return for a TD to seal the win in the fourth quarter and earned Defensive Player-of-the-Week honours in the process.


Returned to the starting lineup in 2007 and responded with a season to remember. Tied the Lions’ record (set by Larry Crawford in 1983) with a CFL-high total of 12 interceptions for 299 yards (third highest return total in CFL history). Played in all 18 regular season games along with the West Final. His 65 tackles were the fourth highest mark on the club. Was named to the West and CFL All-Star Teams at DB and challenged teammate Cameron Wake for Top Defensive Player honours on the Lions. Led the team with 11 pass knockdowns and scored one TD on a pass interception.


A year of transition for the second-year Lion as he moved from his halfback position to the D’s nickel package for all 18 regular season games. A steady and consistent performer, Ryan racked up 23 defensive tackles, five special teams stops, two interceptions (one for a 23-yard TD), two fumble recoveries and 3 pass knockdowns. He added the club’s only interception in the West Championship and chipped in three tackles in the Grey Cup.


Started all 18 games as a rookie for the Lions at defensive halfback ranking third on the team with 56 defensive tackles. Tied for third on the Lions with 3 interceptions. His fine play as a rookie was recognized by the CFL as he received the Defensive Player of the Month Award for August.


Named to First Team All-Big Sky Conference. Had 16 kick returns for 330 yards and an average of 20.6. 2003: 11 rushes for 85 yards and an average of 7.7, 3 receptions for 17 yards.


Came to the CFL from Eastern Washington University where he was an All-Big Sky All-Conference selection as a senior.


Ryan completed his degree in secondary education in March of 2006 but spends his offseason at home with his son Ryan Jr. Ryan continues his three-reign as the team’s best dancer.