Marco Iannuzzi is a Canadian football wide receiver for the BC Lions. But don’t let his brawn fool you, he has the brains to back it up as well, graduating from Harvard University where he pursued pre-medical requirements in his first two years followed by studying engineering, architecture and environmental science in the last two years of his degree.
Born in Calgary, Iannuzzi was the Lions’s first round selection in the 2011 CFL Draft. He made his debut in week 1 of that year and appeared in 15 regulars season games, going on to win the 2011 Grey Cup with the Lions later that season. In his third season with the Lions, Iannuzzi became a regular starter recording 15 starts in 17 appearances as well as the Western Semi-Final.
In 2016, he hauled in 29 catches for a career-high 360 yards. On special teams he had 22 punt returns for 232 yards, both career highs, as well as five kickoff returns for 104 yards. Iannuzzi capped off the season by collecting the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given annually to the player demonstrating sportsmanship and saluting their dedication to community service.
Outside of football, Iannuzzi serves as a chairman, director, board member, and master of ceremonies and live auctioneer for various charities and community initiatives. He currently sits as chairman of Ernie Els for Autism Vancouver and is a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Sources BC, and The Whistler Invitational.