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January 19, 2018

Number 34

NUMBER THIRTY-FOUR
NAME POSITION YEAR
Greg Battle (also 56) LB 1987-93, 1997-98
John Bitchock (also 32) LB 1968
Bert Border (also 12, 24) G 1943, 1945
Jesse Briggs (also 40) LB 2014-
Walter (Chick) Chikowsky (also 43) E 1941-43, 1946-47
Henri Childs RB 2006
Paris Cotton RB 2014-15
Doug Daigneault DB, RB 1963
Dustin Doe (also 3) LB 2011-12
Farrell Duclair FB 1999
Frank Fraser RB, DB 1961, 1963
Chris Garrett (also 19) RB 2010-12
Eugene Goodlow WR 1980-82
Geoff Hamlin RB 1973
Jim Hutchinson FW, HB 1941
Rendell Jackson RB 1996
Holbert Johnson DB 1984
Rich Johnson (also 23) RB 1970
Jerry Jones (also 30) 1963-64
Greg Kabat (also 21) HB, QB, G, K 1933-40
Borden (Bud) Korchak (also 86, 89, 96) FW, K 1949-54
Johnny Lake (also 35) FW, HB, QB 1939-43
Dennis Liebrecht (also 26) FB 1965-66
David Lowry LB 2007
Bert (Tiny) Lucid (also 5, 24) 1937, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1947-48
Chester (Ches) McCance (also 24, 30, 60) E, PK 1937-43, 1945
Jeremy McGee DB 2012-13
Allen Miller (also 31) LB 1965-67
Wade Miller LB, FB 1995-2005
Willie Miller WR 1973
Gord Paterson WR, DB 1974-79
Mike Richardson RB 1972
Dick Smith RB 1970
Ward Smith DB 1970
Glenn Steele WR 1985-86
Dana Stephenson DB 1970
Daryl Stephenson (also 24) RB 2008-10
Ross Taylor G 1951
Bud Terry T 1957
Jim Thorpe (also 5) WR 1971-72
Art Voyer 1931

Canadian Football Hall of Famers

  • Greg Kabat (1966)
  • Greg Battle (2007)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers

  • Greg Battle (2001)
  • Greg Kabat (1984)
  • Bud Korchak (1996)
  • Ches McCance (1984)
  • Wade Miller (2011)

 

CFL All-Stars               

  • Jim Thorpe (1971)
  • Greg Battle (1990, 1991)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Greg Kabat (1938, 1939, 1940)
  • Ches McCance (1940, 1941)
  • Bud Korchack (1952, 1953)
  • Jim Thorpe (1971, 1972)
  • Eugene Goodlow (1981)
  • Greg Battle (1989, 1990, 1991)
  • Wade Miller (1999)

 

CFL Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Greg Battle, 1990, 1991
  • James McCaffrey Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player, East Division) – Greg Battle, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian Player, West Division) – Gord Paterson, 1977
  • Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (West Division leading scorer) – Bud Korchack, 1953
  • Grey Cup Defensive MVP — Greg Battle, 1990

 

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Greg Battle, 1989
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Greg Battle, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Most Outstanding Canadian Player – Gord Paterson, 1977; Wade Miller, 1999
  • Most Outstanding Lineman – Al Miller, 1965
  • Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award – Wade Miller, 1996, 1997

Other Awards

  • Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year — Gord Paterson, 1977

He Wore It Well: Greg Battle, LB  1987-93, 1997-98

Greg Battle, simply put, walked softly and carried a big hit during his two tours with the Bombers. Seldom heard off the field on a defence that included the likes of Tyrone Jones, James West, Rod Hill, Less Browne and others, Battle did all of his talking between the white lines. An exceptional athlete, Battle was a ferocious hitter, but quick enough to drop into pass coverage and when the ball was in his hands as slithery as a running back. He finished his career third on the CFL’s all-time tackles list with 766. His work in the 1990 Grey Cup – where he had four tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 56 yards for a touchdown – was one of the greatest defensive performances in CFL history. Battle left the Bombers in 1994 for the expansion Las Vegas Posse and then bounced to the Ottawa Rough Riders, Memphis Mad Dogs and Saskatchewan Roughriders before finishing his career in Winnipeg.

FYI: 

Greg Kabat was already a noted star in Wisconsin before he joined the Winnipeg Football Club in 1933, having captained the University of Wisconsin football team in 1932 and being the first player in school history to be a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection while also being named an All-American in the discus. Kabat could play a number of positions – he was a West all-star at flying wing in 1938, at guard in 1939 and at quarterback in 1940 — doubled as a line coach in his first season with Winnipeg. He helped the ‘Winnipegs’ become the first western team to capture the Grey Cup in 1935 and then again in 1939.

After retiring he coached at the high-school level before becoming the head coach with the UBC Thunderbirds.

Notable:

Bud Korchak played both flying wing and kicker for his hometown Bombers and had two of the best nicknames in club history as he was known as ‘Golden Toe’ and the ‘Ukranian Gazelle.’ He was an all-star three times and finished his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders and Calgary Stampeders.