The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrated 75 years of excellence in 2005 by naming the All-Time Blue Bomber Greats. The All-Time Team was voted on by Bomber fans and included everybody from past greats like Jack Jacobs, Kenny Ploen and Frank Rigney to Charles Roberts and Milt Stegall.
DOB: April 14, 1964
Years Played: 1987-93, 1997-98
This legendary Bomber linebacker played nine seasons in Winnipeg and won two CFL Outstanding Defensive Player Awards. Battle also had the most interception returns, returns yards and longest interception return in the 1990 Grey Cup versus Edmonton, which earned him the game’s Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.
DOB: Feb. 12, 1951
Years Played: 1974-83
With amazing accuracy and ball velocity, ‘The Birmingham Rifle’ had one of the strongest arms of any quarterback to play in the CFL. He was a back-to-back winner of the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award (1980, ’81) and still holds the Bombers record for the most career passing yards (29,623).
DOB: July 18, 1954
Years Played: 1980-2002
Cameron played a remarkable 23 seasons with the Blue Bombers, receiving numerous awards and breaking many records throughout his illustrious career. He remains the CFL’s All-Time Leading Punter with 134,301 regular season yards and 10,042 playoff yards. A four-time CFL All-Star, Cameron helped the Bombers to three Grey Cup wins.
DOB: Aug. 18, 1924
Years Played: 195-56
Best known for his impressive speed and timing. Dr. Tom ‘Citation’ Casey attended medical school in Winnipeg while playing for the Bombers. He was the leading rusher in the Western Conference during his first season with the team and continued on to be named a Divisional All-Star from 1950-55.
DOB: June 18, 1953
Years Played: 1983-87
Elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994, Clements was also the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1987. A great clutch passer, Clements used his amazing accuracy to help the Bombers win the 1984 Grey Cup, and was named the game’s Outstanding Offensive Player.
DOB: June 12, 1934
Years Played: 1956-65
‘Hawg’ was the first defensive player to win the CFL Most Outstanding Lineman Award in 1960. He was a seven-time Divisional All-Star and a CFL All-Star in 1962. Gray was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Game in 1983.
DOB: July 13, 1914
Years Played: 1935-41
In only his first season with the team, ‘The Galloping Ghost’ used his incredible speed and evasiveness to help the Winnipeg Football Club become the first Western Canadian team to win the Grey cup in 1935. Hanson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on June 19, 1963.
DOB: May 18, 1957
Years Played: 1979-84, 1989-91
Awarded the team’s Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy for the Most Outstanding Canadian in the Western Division in 1982, ‘Howser’ was also a Divisional all-Star in 1990. House continued on to receive the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1990 and ’91.
DOB: Aug. 7, 1919
Years Played: 1950-54
Jacobs lent excitement and talent to the team during his five seasons at the helm, becoming a two-time Divisional All-Star. In 1952, Jacobs was voted MVP and was also the recipient of the Jeff Nicklin memorial Trophy for the Most Outstanding Player in the Western Division. He retired from the sport in 1954.
DOB: Oct. 22, 1934
Years Played: 1952-63
At the time he joined the Bombers, ‘Kid Dynamite’ was the youngest player to ever play in the CFL. One of the toughest athletes in the league, he helped the team to four Grey Ccup wins. James was the very first recipient of the CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1954, winning the award again in 1957.
DOB: Dec. 23, 1955
Years Played: 1980-91
Playing his entire career with the blue Bombers, ‘Hammer’ won three Grey Cups with the team (1984, ’88, ’90), kicking the game-winning field goal in the 1988 Grey Cup. A CFL All-Star in 1981, ’83 and ’85, Kennerd was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame in 1997.
DOB: Feb. 4, 1933
Years Played: 1955-66
A dominating running back, Lewis was a six-time Divisional All-Star and a five-time recipient of the Bombers Most Outstanding Player Award, securing himself a position in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The ‘Lincoln Locomotive’ still holds the Bombers record for Most Career Rushing Yards (8,861).
DOB: Oct. 10, 1959
Years Played: 1982-90
During nine outstanding seasons with the Bombers, ‘Murph’ established numerous team records, including holding the title as the Bombers All-time Leading Receiver until 2004. Murphy played on three Grey Cup championship teams for Winnipeg, was a two-time CFL All-Star and was the recipient of the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award.
DOB: June 3, 1935
Years Played: 1957-67
This renowned quarterback led the Bombers to four victories in six Grey Cup championships during his time with the team. A versatile athlete, Ploen also filled in as a halfback and safety. He was a Divisional All-Star in 1957, ’59 and ’65 and a CFL All-Star in 1965.
DOB: Aug. 2, 1957
Years Played: 1978-86
An incredible clutch receiver, Joe Pop spent his entire CFL career with the Blue Bombers, posting career totals of 549 receptions and 8.341 receiving yards. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in '78 and Most Outstanding Canadian twice. Hewas a member of the Bombers Grey Cup winning team in '84 and was a five-time CFL All-Star.
DOB: Aug. 17, 1959
Years Played: 1983-87
Reaves was a key contributor in helping Winnipeg to the 1984 Grey Cup championship, the Bombers’ first in 22 years. As a result, he was the first running back in Blue Bombers history to win the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award. Reaves was also a CFL All-Star in 1984, ’85 and ’87.
DOB: April 9, 1936
Years Played: 1958-67
During his 10 seasons with the team, ‘Riggs’ anchored the Bombers offensive line. He was selected as the Western Division Most Outstanding Lineman in 1960 and ’61, and was a three-time CFL All-Star. Rigney played in five Grey Cup games for Winnipeg, helping the team to four victories.
DOB: April 3, 1979
Years Played: 2001-2008
Charles ‘Blink’ Roberts was arguably the most dominant running back in club history. In his last full season with Winnipeg, Roberts rushed for over 1,379 yards in 2007 - the sixth straight season he topped the century mark. A six-time CFL All-Star, Roberts is the team's all-time leading rusher with 9,987 yards.
DOB: Jan. 25, 1970
Years Played: 1995-2008
One of the best receivers in Bombers history, the ‘Turtle Man’ has the ability to come up with phenomenal catches. Recipient of the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award in 2002, he has also been a seven-time CFL All-Star. Stegall is the CFL's all-time touchdown leader with 147 TDs and holds several Bombers records.
DOB: Oct. 23, 1956
Years Played: 1981-96
A natural leader on and off the field, Walby was one of the greatest offensive linemen in the CFL. ‘Bluto’ was a nine-time CFL All-Star and two-time recipient of the CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. Walby played in five Grey Cup games, helping the Bombers to three Grey Cup wins.