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December 1, 2017

Number 21

NUMBER TWENTY-ONE
NAME POSITION YEAR
Brandon Alexander DB, LB 2017
Laurie Andrain 1932
Harold Balla HB 1945
Eric Blount (also 12) RB 1998, 2001-02
Juran Bolden (also 5) DB 1995, 200-01, 2007
Blaise Bryant RB 1993-96
George Fleming HP, PK, 1963-64
Harry Johnston (also 7, 23) HB 1941-42, 1945, 1947
Greg Kabat (also 34) HB, QB, G, K 1933-40
Casey McGahee WR 2008
Alf McLauglin HB 1933-34
Eric Mitchel RB 1995
Tyrone Montgomery RB 1997
Brendan Morgan DB 2015-16
James Murphy WR 1983-90
Ken Nielsen WR 1965-70
Jason Nugent (also 13) DB 2007-08, 2011
Tom Oberg DB 1971-73
Scott Regimbald FB  2004-06
Gary Rosolowich (also 35) WR 1989
Tom Scott WR 1974-77
Charlie Shepard (also 83, 91) FB, P 1957-62
Marcel Smith DB 2004
Brandon Stewart (also 8) DB 2009-13
Alex Suber DB 2010-14
Ted Sutton RB 1982
Jeff Tedford QB 1988
Sam Wilson DB 1999

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Greg Kabat (1966)
  • Tom Scott (1998)
  • James Murphy (2000)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Greg Kabat (1984)
  • James Murphy (1995)
  • Ken Nielsen (1987)
  • Charlie Shepard (1992)

 

CFL All-Stars

  • Ken Nielsen (1968, 1969)
  • Tom Scott (1977)
  • James Murphy (1986, 1988)
  • Eric Blount (1998)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Greg Kabat (1938, 1939, 1940)
  • Charlie Shepard (1959)
  • Ken Nielsen (1967, 1968, 1969)
  • Tom Scott (1974, 1977)
  • James Murphy (1986, 1988, 1989)
  • Eric Blount (1998)
  • Juran Bolden (2001)

 

CFL Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Player – James Murphy, 1986
  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Ken Nielsen, 1968
  • Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (Most Outstanding Player, West Division) – James Murphy, 1986
  • Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian Player, West Division) – Ken Nielsen, 1968)
  • West Division rookie of the year – Tom Scott, 1974
  • Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (West Division leading scorer) – George Fleming, 1963
  • Grey Cup Offensive MVP — James Murphy, 1988
  • Grey Cup MVP — Charlie Shepard, 1959

 

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Ken Nielsen, 1967; James Murphy — 1986, 1988; Eric Blount — 1998
  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Ken Nielsen, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Tom Scott, 1974, Brandon Alexander, 2017
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Juran Bolden, 2001

Other Awards

  • Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year — Ken Nielsen, 1967

He Wore It Well: James Murphy, WR, 1983-90

James Murphy is a prime example of a player who comes north to the CFL after bouncing around the NFL and finds a home here both during and after his playing days. Murphy arrived in 1983 and didn’t take long to begin his assault on the Bombers record books. He retired as the club’s all-time leading receiver (since passed by Milt Stegall), was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1986 and later was enshrined in both the Winnipeg Football Club and Canadian Football Halls of Fame.

FYI: 

The Bombers were a team in decline when Ken Nielsen arrived in 1965 via a trade with Hamilton, advancing to the Grey Cup in his first season – he caught a 109-yard TD pass from Ken Ploen in the playoffs – but then going just 12-51-1 over the final four years of his days in Winnipeg. Nielsen was one of the bright lights of that era, however, being honoured as the club’s top Canadian in four consecutive seasons and winning the league’s top Canadian award in 1968. He suffered a neck injury in 1970 that forced him to retire and turn his focus to his work as a dentist.

Notable:

Charlie Shepard was a valuable member of the Bombers Glory Days of the late 1950s/early 1960s. He shared the tailback duties along with Leo Lewis and Gerry James – in 1960 Lewis, James and Shepard finished fourth, fifth and sixth in rushing in the West – and was also one of the best punters of his era.