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December 5, 2017

Number 54

NUMBER FIFTY-FOUR
NAME POSITION YEAR
Vaughn (Buddy) Alliston LB, G 1956, 1959
Dean Bandiera (also 71) G, E 1951-53
Ken Bochen G, T, DT 1959-60
Lloyd Boivin (also 10, 23, 35) E, HB 1941-42, 1945
Ray Charambura (also 58) E 1950-51
Carl Crennell LB 1971
Bart Evans G 1979
Thaddeus Gibson DL 2014-15
Steve Grant DT 1991-92
Thomas Griffiths OL 2015
Rod Humeniuk G 1960-62
John Kaiser (also 66) LB 1989
Greg Kindle G 1978-79
Gary Krahn (also 55) G 1977
Marvin Lee G 1964
Chuck Liebrock (also 62) G 1970-77
Kenny Mainor DE 2011-13
Ted Mikliechuk (also 55) G 1958, 1960-61
Bob Miller 1942-43
Phil Minnick (also 56, 57) LB 1965-1970, 1972-73
Tristan Okpalaugo DE 2017-
Leon Pagac G 1964
Vernon Pahl (also 74) LB 1980-85, 1987-88
Matt Sheridan OL 2001-08
Vern Uecker G 1957
Bob White (also 44) G, DT 1963-64
Wentworth (Winty) Young (also 64) G, T 1953-55

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Phil Minnick (1988)

 

CFL All-Stars

  • Phil Minnick (1966, 1969)

 

Division All-Stars

  • Dean Bandiera (1953)
  • Buddy Alliston (1956)
  • Phil Minnick (1966, 1968)

 

Bomber Team Awards

  • Most Outstanding Player – Phil Minnick, 1969
  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Matt Sheridan, 2004, 2005
  • Most Outstanding Lineman – Buddy Alliston, 1956; Phil Minnick, 1968, 1969
  • Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award – Vernon Pahl, 1987; Matt Sheridan, 2004
  • Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award – Matt Sheridan, 2005

 

He Wore It Well: Phil Minnick, LB, 1965-1970, 1972

The Bombers mined the state of Iowa well in the 1950s and 1960s, unearthing stars like Ken Ploen, Frank Rigney and Phil Minnick, who came to the club in 1965 from Iowa State.

Minnick arrived at the end of the Bombers Glory Days, but was a superb player on some bad football teams in the late 1960s. He played only one game in 1970 and after injuring his knee, retired in 1971 before making a comeback a year later.

FYI: 

Buddy Alliston joined the Bombers in 1956 after playing his college ball at the University of Mississippi and being a 15th-round draft pick of the Green Back Packers that same year. He made an immediate impact as he was named the Bombers top lineman and was a runner up to the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman Award to Ottawa’s Kaye Vaughn.

Alliston left the Bombers after that season for military duty in the U.S. – he played guard on the Elgin Air Force base team that won the U.S. Service Championship in 1958 – and returned in 1959, but did not play in a regular season game that year. He spent the 1960 season with the Denver Broncos.