Winnipeg

       Blue Bombers                                                 

 

                                                        

                         Tom Clements to Willard Reaves

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

      

-- team --

 

Toronto

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Montreal

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Hamilton

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Ottawa

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Winnipeg

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Saskatchewan

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British Columbia

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Edmonton

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Calgary

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U.S. Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- contents --

 

Grey Cup

 

 

 

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magazine View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

     

-- photo link --

 

James

Ploen

Raimey

Herron

Poplawski

Bennett

Jones

Murphy

Zorn

Tuttle

Salisbury

Mimbs

Dunigan

Miller

Williams

Rubley

Gordon

Stoddard

Roberts

Sellers

Ryan

Martin

Pierce

 

-- timeline --

 

Gerry James - Kelvin H.S. - 1952-62 Running Back

 

Leo Lewis #29

Lincoln - 1955-66 - Running Back

Leo Lewis helped to create one of the CFLís great dynasties as the Bombers captured four Grey Cups in a five-year span. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the U. S. Collegiate Hall of Fame, and was selected as one of the top 20 All-Time Blue Bombers in 2005.

 

Ken Ploen - University of Iowa - 1957-67 Quarterback

Dave Raimey - Michigan - 1965-69 Running Back

Mack Herron - Kansas State - 1971-72 Running Back

Don Jonas - Penn State - 1971-74 - Quarterback

 

Dieter Brock #5

Jacksonville State - 1974-83 - Quarterback

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.

 

Joe Poplawski - Alberta - 1978-86 - Receiver

Paul Bennett - Wilfrid Laurier - 1980-83 - Defensive Back

Chris Walby #63

Dickinson State - 1981-97 - Offensive Line

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 went on to have a successful career as a broadcaster of CFL broadcasts for CBC television.

 

Tyrone Jones - Southern University - 1983-91 - Linebacker

James Murphy - Utah State - 1983-90 - Wide Receiver

 

Tom Clements #2

Notre Dame - 1983-87 - Quarterback

Tom Clements enjoyed 7 outstanding seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers joining the team from Hamilton midway through the 1983 season. With Winnipeg he led what many consider one of the greatest CFL teams in the 1984 Blue Bombers who won the Grey Cup. He concluded his career with one of the finest seasons ever for a quarterback in 1987 capturing the Most Outstanding Player award.

 

Willard Reaves - Northern Arizona - 1983-87 - Running Back

Jim Zorn - Cal Poly Pomona - 1986 - Quarterback

Perry Tuttle - Clemson - 1986-91 - Receiver

Sean Salisbury - USC - 1988-89 - Quarterback

Robert Mimbs - Kansas - 1990-92 - Running Back

 

Troy Westwood #7

Augustana College - 1991-2007, 09 - Kicker

Troy Westwood was a polarizing figure among Blue Bomber faithful for 17 seasons. The Selkirk native had a terrific long career, however low points in the 2001 Grey Cup and later in his career in some ways soured his legacy. A durable athlete, Westwood was known to be a good quote who was a proud Canadian. His off the cuff remark about people from Saskatchewan has grown into the signature game on the Blue Bomber calendar as the 'Banjo Bowl'.

 

Gerald Wilcox - Weber State - 1992-96 - Wide Receiver

Matt Dunigan - Louisiana Tech - 1992-94 - Quarterback

Wade Miller - Manitoba - 1995-05 - Linebacker

 

Milt Stegall #85

Miami of Ohio - 1995-2008 - Wide Receiver

Milt Stegall and his classic 100 yard winning touchdown reception with no time remaining in Edmonton in 2006. Arguably the greatest receiver in Canadian Football League history and the most popular Blue Bomber of all-time; "Uncle Milt" did it all over his 14 seasons in Winnipeg except capture a Grey Cup championship. A true legend of Canadian Football.

 

K.D. Williams - Henderson State - 1995-96 - Defensive End

Juran Bolden - Mississippi Delta - 1995, 00-01, 07 - Cornerback

T.J. Rubley - Tulsa - 1998 - Quarterback

Robert Gordon - Nebraska at Omaha - 1999-04 - Receiver

 

Khari Jones #17

University of California Davis - 2000-04 - Quarterback

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.

 

Jamie Stoddard - Alberta - 2000-08 - Receiver

Charles Roberts - Sacramento State - 2001-07 - Running Back

 

Doug Brown #97

Simon Fraser - 2001-11 - Defensive Tackle

Doug Brown had a long reach and an imposing build. The native of New Westminster British Columbia and Simon Fraser graduate starred for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 11 seasons. The 6'8" defensive tackle was a gentle giant away from the field involved in the community and a fan favourite. On the field he domuinated winning the 2001 Most Outstanding Canadian Award and runner up for Top Defensive Player in 2008. Read more about a great Blue Bomber legend.

 

Mike Sellers - Walla Walla - 2002-03 - Fullback

Jon Ryan - Regina - 2004-05 - Punter

Tee Martin - Tennessee - 2005 - Quarterback

 

Terrence Edwards #82

Georgia - 2007-13 - Wide Receiver

Terrence Edwards enjoyed 7 outstanding seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He joined the club in 2007 from Montreal as the lesser known brother of running back Robert Edwards and proceeded to become one of the top receivers in the league. Mentoring under Milt Stegall he would take the torch from Milt as the go-to receiver posting five 1,000 yard receiving season. He was a dynamic athlete with a nose for the end zone.

 

Buck Pierce - New Mexico State - 2010-13 - Quarterback

 

 

 

 

-- features --

 

1972

 

The Stadium

 

'Cal'

 


-- highlights --

 

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. In 1970, he was with Toronto as quarterback and then made his way to Winnipeg in 1971. The Penn State product had good years in Winnipeg but his departure from the team in '74 to Hamilton always hurt.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 


-- grey cup --

 

1988

 

1992

 


-- stadium attendance --

 

Investors Group Field

Capacity (33,500)

High Season: 30,640 (2013)

Low Season: 21,483 (1997)

2013 Avg: 30,640

 


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