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December 5, 2017

Number 27

NUMBER TWENTY-SEVEN
NAME POSITION YEAR
Raphaol Ball DB 2001-02
Mike Bellamy WR 1993
Paul Bennett DB 1980-83
Roger Bonk (also #52) C 1967
Jocelyn Borgella DB 1997
John Carpenter HB 1949
Harry Daniels G, T 1945-46, 1948
Corris Ervin CB 1995
Paul Girodo DB 1998-99
Lavar Glover CB 2010
Donohue Grant DB 1987
Andy Hall (also #5) C 1945
Trevor Hoilett DB 1988
Jeff Horton CB 1997
Jack Jacobs (also #1, #7,#87) QB 1950-54
Eric Johnson LB 1999
Lyndell Jones DB 1986
Eric Law C, G, T 1933-35
Kelly Malveaux DB 2006-08
Marty Markett DB 2013-14
Joe Mazick 1942
Bill Miller DB 1964-65
Harold Millon HB, FW 1948
Robert Mimbs RB 1990-92
Warren Muzika LB 2003
Bill Nairn (also #57) G, K 1934, 1936-40
Terrell Parker (also #22) LB 2012-13
Rodney Payne (also #37) WR 1989
Kito Poblah (also #1) WR 2011-13
Robert Porter DB 2017-
Dave Raimey (also #10, #25) RB, DB 1965-69
Gord Rowland (also #97) LB, RB 1954-64
Teague Sherman (also #31) DB 2013-2016
Doug Strong (also #30) S 1969-74
Eddie Taylor (also #16) DB 1991-92, 1995
Norris Thomas DB 1994-95
Kas Vidruk (also #29, #37, #50, #58, #68) G, C, LB, T 1942, 1945-47, 1951-55
Lenny Walls DB 2009
Jim (Jay) Washington RB 1974-79
Deonce Whitaker RB 2003
Toots Wiggins 1932
Ned Wiginton (also #23) 1932

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Jack Jacobs (1963)
  • Paul Bennett (2002)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Jack Jacobs (1984)
  • Bill Nairn (1985)
  • Dave Raimey (1989)
  • Gord Rowland (1986)
  • Paul Bennett (1993)
  • Jim Washington (1994)

 

CFL All-Stars

  • Gord Rowland (1962)
  • Dave Raimey (1966)
  • Jim Washington (1976, 1977)
  • Paul Bennett (1983)
  • Robert Mimbs (1990, 1991)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Jack Jacobs (1950, 1952)
  • Gord Rowland (1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962)
  • Dave Raimey (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968)
  • Paul Bennett (1982, 1983)
  • Robert Mimbs (1990, 1991)
  • Kelly Malveaux (2008)
  • Lenny Walls (2009)
  • Jim Washington (1976, 1977)

 

CFL Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Paul Bennett, 1983
  • Eddie James Memorial Trophy (West Division leading rusher) – Jim Washington, 1976, 1977
  • Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (West Division Most Outstanding Player) – Jack Jacobs, 1952).
  • Dr. Beattie-Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian Player, West Division) – Gord Rowland, 1958; Paul Bennett, 1983

 

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Dave Raimey, 1966, 1968; Jim Washington, 1976, 1977; Robert Mimbs, 1990, 1991
  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Gord Rowland 1958; Paul Bennett, 1983
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Paul Bennett, 1982
  • Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award – Lavar Glover, 2010

 

He Wore It Well: Jack Jacobs, QB, 1950-54

The Bombers were a mess when Jack Jacobs arrived in 1950, already with six years in the NFL under his belt with Cleveland, Washington and Green Bay. Signed for $6,000 to be the club’s quarterback and kicker, Jacobs was a gifted passer who drew thousands to the old Osborne Stadium and led to the construction of Winnipeg Stadium at Polo Park – dubbed ‘The House that Jack Built.’

Winnipeg went from 2-12 in 1949 to the 1950 Grey Cup – the infamous ‘Mud Bowl’ won 13-0 by the Toronto Argonauts – and Jacobs was a mammoth part in the rebuild. Jacobs was a West All-Star in 1950 and 1952 (there were no CFL all-stars until 1962).

After his retirement following the 1954 season, Jacobs served as a scout for the Bombers and then was an assistant coach with both Hamilton and Montreal.

Notable: 

Interesting how life can turn out some times and, as evidence, we give you Gord Rowland. Born and raised in Montreal, Rowland was a member of the Montreal Stelco team that came to Winnipeg and won the Canadian Senior Men’s Soccer Championship. The next year he was invited to try out with the Bombers, but was cut. A year later, in 1954, he tried again and not only made the team but began a 10-year career that was all about winning.

Rowland was part of four Grey Cup championship teams, was a five-time all-star, and when he retired was second on the Bombers all-time punt return and interceptions list. He then turned to coaching, helping the University of Manitoba Bisons to two Vanier Cups as an assistant.