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Ralph "Dieter" Brock was a dynamic quarterback for Winnipeg for over nine seasons from 1974-83. The strong-armed Jacksonville State product was named  the leagues Most Outstanding Player in back-to-back seasons in 1980-81. Over his career Dieter passed for 34,830 yards and 210 touchdowns delighting fans from coast to coast playing for Hamilton from 1983-84. He then moved on to the NFL in 1985 with the Los Angeles Rams and in his lone season led the Rams to the NFC Championship game. read more about Dieter here...


Mike Sellers began his CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos as a 19 year-old in 1995 as the youngest player in league history. He split time as a Defensive End and Reserve Fullback before moving on to the NFL in '98. Where Sellers made his biggest mark in the CFL was with Winnipeg whom he joined on his return to the league in 2002. Big Mike starred as the teams fullback teaming with Charles Roberts to form the leagues most dynamic backfield. An outstanding blocker, the 260lb Sellers also added 7 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving in 2003. Mike proved the perfect compliment to the diminutive Charles Roberts. Sellers returned to the NFL as a productive tight end with Washington in 2004. read more about Mike here...


Sean Salisbury was the starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Grey Cup Championship in 1988 defeating the B.C. Lions 22-21. Salisbury passed for 246 yards and 1 touchdown in the game. Mike came to the CFL after failed stints with Seattle and Indianapolis. Sean went on to follow up the clubs Grey Cup victory with an outstanding season in 1989 passing for an East leading 4,049 yards and 26 touchdowns. He returned to the NFL with Minnesota in 1992 as a back-up and his career lasted until the 1996 season. The 6'5" California native came north to Winnipeg to prolong his career and won a Grey Cup championship in the process leading a strong Blue Bomber team anchored by its defence. He has continued in football as an NFL analyst on ESPN. Read more about Sean here...


Willard Reaves starred for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 5 seasons. The running back joined Winnipeg in 1983. In 1984 he was named the leagues Most Outstanding Player with 1,733 yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns. The Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup in 1984 in part thanks to Reaves. The Flagstaff, Arizona native continued to lead the Bombers offence compiling 5,923 yards in only 62 career games. A true force, Reaves carried himself with class off of the field, Reaves moved on to the NFL in 1988 for two seasons. He returned to his adopted home after retiring and continues to live in Manitoba with his family to this day as a Canadian citizen  Read more about Willard here...


Gerald Wilcox excelled as a non-import receiver from 1989-96. Born in London, England the 6'2" 215lb came to the CFL out of Weber State University joining Winnipeg from Ottawa in 1992. He was an Eastern All-Star in '93 and '94. In 1994 Gerald had his best season with 1,624 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns and was named the leagues Most Outstanding Canadian. Wilcox was a controversial casualty of the new Reinebold regime in 1997 when Jeff Reinebold took over as head coach from Cal Murphey. The popular Wilcox did not fit into the new philosophy and was dealt to Calgary prior to the season. He played sparingly with Calgary before retiring. Read more about Wilcox success and contentious departure from the club here...


In 1971 Don Jonas was named the league's Most Outstanding Player - the first Blue Bomber in franchise history to receive that award. Jonas led a strong Winnipeg offence with the likes of running back Mack Herron and receiver Jim Thorpe. Jonas threw for 27 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards. The Scarnton Pennsylvania native was a league all-star in 1971 and '72 and the Bombers nominee for Outstanding Player in '71 and '73. Jonas originally played with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962 as a running back but was cut after 7 games with the club. Over the next few years Jonas was in and out of pro football and then made his way to Winnipeg by the end of the decade. The Penn State product had good years in Winnipeg but his departure from the team in '74 to Hamilton always hurt. read more here...


Matt Dunigan spent time with 6 franchises over his 14 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was assuredly a 'gunslinger' for hire. Of all the team he played for Matt considers Winnipeg as his true home as a player. Matt spent 3 seasons with the Blue & Gold resulting in consecutive trips to the Grey Cup in 1992&93. Although Matt suffered through injuries limiting his contribution in 1992 and causing him to miss the entire 1993 final he did do a great deal for the swagger and accomplishments of those Blue Bomber teams. Included in his 3 year stay in Winnipeg was the greatest single quarterbacking day in league history. Matt threw for an unheard of 713 yards with Winnipeg in a 50-35 victory over Edmonton in July of 1994. A truly unbelievable and incredible record. Read more about Matt with Winnipeg and that incredible day here...


Khari Jones arrived in Winnipeg from the BC Lions in 2000 in a transaction that did not cause much of a stir. When starter Kerwin Bell faltered and Jones stepped in the importance of that acquisition quickly took shape. Khari would lead a Blue Bomber resurgence that turned around the community owned club's fortunes and brought the team up the standings culminating in a 14-4 first place finish in 2001. Khari would post 2 of the greatest seasons for a quarterback in 2001 and 2002. In 2001 he was named the Leagues Most Outstanding Player throwing for 30 touchdowns. Winnipeg would be upset by Calgary in the 2001 Grey Cup but Jones returned to post even better statistics in 2001 with a club record 46 touchdown passes. The team would lose to Edmonton in the 2001 West Final. While Khari could not lead the team to a Grey Cup he did provide Bomber fans with terrific season at quarterback. Read more about Khari here...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juran Bolden first signed with Winnipeg in 1995 as an underage player. He recorded a team high 6 interceptions in '95. He was drafted by Atlanta of the NFL in 1996. Bolden returned to Winnipeg in 2000 and in 2001 was named the teams Most Outstanding Defensive Player and a CFL All-Star leading the club to a Grey Cup appearance. Bolden returned to the NFL in 2002. Over his time he brought an undisputed style and swagger to the Blue Bombers that fans won't soon forget. read more about Juran here...


In 1972 "Mini" Mack Herron posted one of the greatest statistical seasons in CFL history. He rushed for an astounding 1,517 yards and 17 touchdowns in 16 games to lead a potent Winnipeg offence to a 10-6 record. The 5'5" 175lb back was a force both as a running back and kick-returner. Following some off-field drug problem Herron was released by the club and after a year out of football enjoyed success with the New England Patriots before retiring. Although his stay in Winnipeg was brief, no-one can argue the stats put up by Herron in 1972 rank among the best ever. Read more about Mack here...


In 1998 Winnipeg brought in World League quarterback T.J. Rubley. The signing was met with a great deal of fanfare. Rubley who had played with Green Bay and been to a World Bowl in NFL Europe was seen as the next great Bomber Quarterback. It was not to be for Rubley as he struggled with the Canadian game throwing 12 interceptions and just 4 touchdowns. Rubley along with head coach Jeff Reinebold did not last the season in Winnipeg. read more about T.J. here...


K.D.Williams was one of the most colourful players in the CFL in the mid 1990's. The talented and arrogant Williams made headlines both on the field and off with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Williams was an all-star with Winnipeg in both 1995 and '96. An undeniable talent Williams moved on to the NFL and had success with both Oakland and Green Bay before returning with Winnipeg in 2002 to conclude his professional career. Read more about K.D. here...


Chris Walby fulfilled a boyhood dream to play for his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1982. An imposing Offensie Tackle Walby spent 18 season with the Blue Bombers capturing three Grey Cup rings. The Dickinson State product started his career on the Defensive Line with the Montreal Alouettes, he joined the Blue Bombers off of waivers and was moved to Offensive Line. He was named the leagues top Offensive Lineman on two occasions. A selfless member of the community, Walby has gone on to have a successful career as a broadcaster of CFL broadcasts for CBC television. Read more here...


 

 

 

 

 

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