Ackles keeping busy

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Bob Ackles said he still has lots of work to do before he can retire.

"People ask me when I'm going to retire, I don't know that," the B.C. Lions' president and chief executive officer said at yesterday's University of B.C. Telus Millennium Scholarship Breakfast. "As long as I'm healthy, I feel good, making a contribution and I can see some progress, then I'll continue."

Ackles began as a waterboy with the Lions in 1954, became general manager in 1975 and was lured away to the National Football League in 1986. He returned in 2002 to rebuild the Leos.

"We've come back a long ways but we still have a ways to go," he said during the seventh annual UBC Athletics fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ackles and the Lions host their own fundraising banquet Saturday for amateur football in B.C. at the Westin Bayshore. Toronto Argonauts' head coach "Pinball" Clemons is guest speaker at the Orange Helmet Awards.


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