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Introducing Zenon Andrusyshyn

 

Zenon Andrusyshyn was born February 25, 1947 in GŁnzburg, West Germany. He is a punter and kicker, best known for his time playing with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.
 
Zenon Andrusyshyn, forever dubbed the “Big Z”, moved to Oakville with his parents when he was 12 where he graduated from Oakville-Trafalgar High School. He held the Canadian high school record in the javelin for an incredible 35 years and set a national record in 1966, leading to a track and field scholarship at UCLA.
 
While preparing for the upcoming Mexico City Olympics, he suffered a severe arm injury. As a result, he decided to try out for the UCLA football team as a walk-on. In Andrusyshyn's words, "The coach said, ‘What makes you think you can make the UCLA Bruins, we won the Rose Bowl last year? You come out and show me so.’ So I did.” Andrusyshyn was a two-time All-America punter with the UCLA Bruins (1967, 1969) and voted to UCLA's All Century Team.
 
He then went on to play with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL from 1971 to 1977 and 1979 to 1982. In 1978 Andrusyshyn made a move to the NFL to play with the Kansas City Chiefs. He later went on to play with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League from 1983 to 1985 and ended his career back in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 1986.
 
Zenon Andrusyshyn holds the record for the longest punt launching a 108-yard punt against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 23, 1977. “I really nailed it,” he says of the record-setting kick. “It must have gone about 85 yards in the air.” “I remember as I came off the field they announced on the PA system that it was the longest punt in CFL history and I said to Leo (Cahill) ‘Wow, I just kicked the longest punt in history’,” Andrusyshyn says with a laugh. “Leo said, ‘I don’t care we’re losing.’” This punt remains a record for the longest punt in professional football - both the CFL and the NFL.
 
Andrusyshyn also holds the CFL record for the longest field goal, a mark he set on September 14, 1980 when he kicked a 57 yarder against Saskatchewan.
 
Andrusyshyn was ordained a minister in the Southern Baptist denomination in 1990 in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1995 he graduated from the Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Arts, Biblical Studies (MABS) and became the Tampa Bay Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for next two decades.
 
In October 2007, Zenon Andrusyshyn along with his wife Sue, formed Zenon Ministries Inc., a non-profit youth ministry. With his ministry, Andrusyshyn has completed over 15 mission trips including delivery of medical supplies to Cuna Indians in Panama; support visits to Cancer Hospitals for youth in Kiev and Odessa, Ukraine; as well as various Missions to England, Germany and Mexico.
 
He has also served as Youth Chairman for the 1998 Billy Graham Crusade in Tampa, Florida, as well as Youth Chairman for Luis Palau's 2007 TampaBayFest.
 
Married, with 2 children, Zenon and his family are long time residents of Oakville. He is an avid painter, photographer and writer
 
 
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