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February 6, 2017

Number 28

NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT
NAME POSITION YEAR
Jim Conroy FB, LB 1968
Arnie Coulter (also 10) QB, HB 1930-37
Martin Cox (also 25) WR 1982
Jim Daniels DB 1975
Wilf Daniels (also 13) T 1941, 1945
Cam Doherty 1934-35
Mickey Doyle (also 52) LB, DE 1970-73
Gerry Duguid (also 32, 38) HB 1950-51
Brian Gervais DB 1978-79
Dave Greenberg QB, HB 1942-43
Bud Harden RB, QB 1978
Gerry James (also 98) RB 1952-63
Ron Kirkland (also 79) FB 1967-68
Bob Lazark DB, RB 1964
Hymie Marder HB 1942
Paul Markle TE 1971-73
Bill Martin HB 1966
Ian Mofford RB, WR 1980-81
Dave Montagano DB 1974
Jeff Nicklin (also 2, 58) HB, FW, E 1934-40
Glenn Orris (also 71) WR 1969-70
Dave Thiessen HB 1965
Dick Thornton (also 10, 14) DB, QB 1961-66
Wylie Turner (also 39) DB 1982-86
Silas (Sonny) Utz RB 1967
Chuck Wills DB 1976-78

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Gerry James (1981)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Gerry James (1984)
  • Jeff Nicklin (1984)
  • Dick Thornton (1988)

 

CFL All-Stars

  • Dick Thornton (1963, 1965)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Jeff Nicklin (1937, 1938, 1939, 1940)
  • Gerry James (1955, 1957)
  • Dick Thornton (1962, 1963, 1965)
  • Mickey Doyle (1972)
  • Wylie Turner (1985)
  • Chuck Wills (1977)

 

CFL Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Gerry James, 1954 1957
  • Dr. Beattie-Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian Player, West Division) – Gerry James, 1954, 1957
  • Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (West Division leading scorer) – Gerry James, 1957, 1960

 

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Gerry James, 1953
  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Gerry James, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1960
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Chuck Wills, 1976
  • Most Outstanding Lineman – Mike Doyle, 1972
  • Ring of Honour – Gerry James (2016)

 

He Wore It Well: Gerry James, RB, K 1952-63

The Gerry James story has been made into a book, but is certainly worth of a movie as well. A product of Kelvin High School, James – nicknamed ‘Kid Dynamite’ as his father Eddie ‘Dynamite’ also played for Winnipeg – was wearing a Bomber uniform when he was just 17. Four years after that he made his National Hockey League debut as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. That ability to shine in both hockey and football made him one of the greatest athletes in Canadian history.

James played 11 years for the Bombers, leading them in scoring in three years and in rushing in three seasons. He still ranks fourth on the club’s all-time touchdown list behind only Milt Stegall, Charles Roberts and Leo Lewis, and fifth on the all-time scoring list after Troy Westwood, Trevor Kennerd, Stegall and Bernie Ruoff.

James was a member of six Grey Cup championship teams in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962 and was the first winner of the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1954 and then again in 1957 – the year he set a CFL record with 18 rushing touchdowns.

Read Gerry James’ Ring of Honour story here.

Notable: 

We told you of the story of Jeff Nicklin on Remembrance Day and his heroism in World War II is still honoured to this day: the Most Outstanding Player in the West Division is presented annually with the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy.