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Byron Bailey

Byron Ledare"By" Bailey born to Rollin Edward and Cora Helen. Bailey, was a professional American and Canadian football player as a fullback and defensive back with the Canadian Football League BC Lions. Born in Omaha, Bailey is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the B. C. Lions Wall of Fame, the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Bailey's #38 jersey is one of eight numbers retired by the B. C. Lions. In 2006, Bailey was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. Bailey is best remembered for scoring the first touchdown in the history of the B. C. Lions' franchise in an August 28, 1954 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bailey's family moved from Omaha, Nebraska in the early 1940s to Seattle, where Bailey played high school football at West Seattle High School. Following his high school graduation, Bailey played collegiately as a halfback at Washington State University, where he is 5th place all-time for the longest run from scrimmage, 84 yards, against UCLA in a 1949 contest.

Bailey was inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. Bailey was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 25th Round of the 1952 NFL Draft, he played sparingly, but was with the team when they won the 1952 NFL Championship game, 17-7, over the Cleveland Browns. The following year, Bailey was traded to the last place Green Bay Packers, where he finished the 1953 season with 29 yards on 13 rushing attempts, 8 pass receptions for 119 yards. Unhappy with his playing time in Green Bay, recruited by CFL legend and the first head coach of the B. C. Lions Annis Stukus, joined the Lions for their 1954 season. Bailey scored the first touchdown in B. C. Lions' history on August 28, 1954, during an 8-6 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bailey scored the first, winning touchdown in B. C. Lions' history on September 18, 1954, during a 9-4 victory over the Calgary Stampeders. Bailey was the Lions' leading rusher and offensive captain from 1955 to 1960, twice led the CFL Western Division in kick-off returns.

In 1957, Bailey was named to the CFL Western Division All-Star Team as a running back. That same year, Bailey won the Bobby Bourne Memorial Trophy as the Lions' "Most Popular Player." Bailey was honored with a "By Bailey Night" by the Lions during the 1960 season, the first player to receive such an honor. Bailey began his career as a fullback in the Lions' double fullback offensive backfield. In 1962, when the Lions dropped the double fullback position, Bailey played outside linebacker and cornerback, he # 38 when on defense. Bailey retired following the B. C. Lions first Grey Cup Championship in 1964. Over his 11-year career with the Lions, which covered 158 games, Bailey rushed for 3,643 yards on 783 attempts, caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards, he was the first B. C. Lion player inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975, was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame the same year. In November, 2006, Bailey was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Following his retirement from the B. C. Lions in 1964, Bailey worked as an executive with the Crown Zellerbach paper company, his wife of 36 years, died in 1986. After remarrying in 1989, Bailey moved north of Kelowna, British Columbia near where the Lions would hold their spring training camps. Bailey died of cancer at age 67 on January 1998, at his home in Winfield, British Columbia, his funeral was held in Vancouver. Lionbackers.com Profile - #38 By Bailey

Bekim Çollaku

Bekim Çollaku was Minister of European Integration of Kosovo. He served as the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi between 2007 and 2014. Prior to joining the Cabinet of Prime Minister Thaçi, he worked as Assistant Lecturer at Prishtina University, Department of Political Sciences and as a researcher in the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development.Çollaku was a member of the Kosovo negotiating team in the EU facilitated Political Dialogue for Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia between 2011 and 2014. He served as Political Advisor to the first elected Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi between 2003 and 2004. Bekim Çollaku is a member of the Democratic Party of Kosovo. In his position as the Minister of European Integration Çollaku played the role of Kosovo's chief negotiator in the negotiations between the European Commission and Kosovo for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. After the approval of the SAA by the Council of the European Union on 22 October 2015 in Luxembourg, Çollaku co-signed the SAA on behalf of Kosovo at the Office of the High Representative Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on 27 October 2015.

Bekim Çollaku holds a master's degree in International Studies obtained at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in United Kingdom and is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Ghent University, Belgium. His academic background is in the field of International Relations, with a particular focus on the European Union’s foreign policy. Bekim Çollaku has two children. Ethnic Centralization and the Perils of Confusing Solutions. KIPRED discussion paper, 2007 Kosovo’s Capacity for EU Integration: Don’t let the grass grow under your feet!. KIPRED policy brief, 2006 A just finial settlement for Kosovo is imperative for the peace and stability in Balkans. MA Thesis, University of Newcastle, 2003