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February 6, 2017

Number 29

NUMBER TWENTY-NINE
NAME POSITION YEAR
Kojo Aidoo RB 2003
Lee Benard (also 26) DB 1976-77
Dave Bovell S 1990-91
Charlie Bryant RB 1970
Doug Carlson DB 1983
Ray Clark DB 1977-78
Paul Clatney LB 1988-89
Justin Coleman CB 2004-05
Percy Daigle HB, QB 1934-40
Frank Dark CB 1979
Larry Douglas WR 1980
Don Durno T, DE 1943
Brad Elberg (also 1) RB, S 1997-99
Lou Elkin HB 1932-33
Craig Ellis RB 1982
Jerome Erdman WR 1983-86
Lloyd Evenson G 1941, 1945
Peter Francis (also 10) WR, HB 1968-70
Lavarus Giles RB 2009
Lawrence Hatch DB 1994-95
Bill Heindl HB 1942
Norm Hill (also 77) E 1951-53
Milson Jones (also 32) FB 1982-83
Jerry-Ralph Jules DB 2010-11
Leo Lewis (also 99) RB 1955-66
Martin Mitchell DB 1978-79
Julian Posey DB 2015-16
Don Robinson DB 1998-99
Kas Vidruk (also 27, 37, 50, 58, 68) G, C, LB, T 1942, 1945-47, 1951-55
Carl Volny (also 24) RB 2011-14
Joey Walters WR 1977
Paul Williams DB 1971-75

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Leo Lewis (1973)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Leo Lewis (1984)

 

CFL All-Stars

  • Leo Lewis (1962)
  • Paul Williams (1974)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Leo Lewis (1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964)
  • Paul Williams (1974)

CFL Awards

  • Grey Cup MVP — Leo Lewis, 1962

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Leo Lewis (1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965); Paul Williams (1974)
  • Most Outstanding Rookie – Milson Jones, 1982; Dave Bovell, 1990
  • Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award – Carl Volny, 2014
  • Ring Of Honour – Leo Lewis, 2016

 

He Wore It Well: Leo Lewis, RB, 1955-56

He was nicknamed ‘The Lincoln Locomotive’ dating back to his days at Lincoln University in Missouri and continued to live up to the moniker during his 12 years in Winnipeg by running through, around and past would-be tacklers.

A sixth-round draft choice of the Balitmore Colts in 1955, Lewis came to Winnipeg instead because the Blue Bombers were offering around $3,000-4,000 more. He would appear in six Grey Cups and be a part of four championship teams before retiring in 1966 after a knee operation.

Lewis, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 80, was such a dominant running back and returner during his days, the legendary Bud Grant – a man who coached the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances – referred to him as the greatest player he ever coached. He remains, some 40 years after his last snap, the Bombers all-time combined yardage leader.

Read Leo Lewis’ Ring of Honour story here.

Notable: 

Bill Heindl, Sr. played for the Bombers in 1942, but was known more for his hockey and baseball skills. He is a member of both the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Heindl, Sr. won Memorial Cups with both the Winnipeg Rangers and Portage Terriers.