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February 1, 2017

Number 62

NUMBER SIXTY-TWO
NAME POSITION YEAR
Sid Bailey DE 1971
Mel Embree E 1952
Denny Fortney (also 90) DT, OL 2001-04
Dan Gyetvai OL 2002-05
Walt Konarski T 1950-51
Chuck Liebrock (als0 54) G 1970-77
Sam Longo OL 2015
Dock Luckie DT 1981
Steve Morley (also 65) OL 2009-14
Richard Nemeth OL 1984-86
Chris Perez OL 1997-99
Roger Savoie (also 44) C, G, LB, DL 1951-65
Glen Schapansky DL 1967-70
Bobby Singh OL 2008
Ron Southwick LB 1975-78
Tuofuli Uperesa G 1973-74

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Roger Savoie (1987)

 

CFL All-Stars:

  • Denny Fortney (2002)

 

Division All-Stars:

  • Roger Savoie (1962)
  • Chris Perez (1998)
  • Denny Fortney (2002)

 

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Roger Savoie, 1962
  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Chris Perez, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Denny Fortney, 2002

 

He Wore It Well: Roger Savoie, C, G, LB, DL 1951-65

He was a kid from St. Boniface who played for the Winnipeg Rods before being able to more than hold his own for the Bombers for an amazing 16 seasons. Nicknamed ‘Baby Bull’ Savoie morphed into an all-star lineman for the Bombers and played in seven Grey Cups, winning four. He was a versatile battler during his playing days and is a member of both the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

FYI:

Chris Perez gave the Bombers some solid O-line play during a dark stretch in their history. The Bombers were just 13-41 over that stretch, but there were a few constants: Milt Stegall was still pulling in touchdown passes and Perez was the team’s top O-lineman.

In the winter of 2000 Perez was traded to the B.C. Lions for a third-string QB – Khari Jones – and after a year with the Leos, wrapped up his career after one season with the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers.