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February 6, 2017

Number 63

NUMBER SIXTY-THREE
NAME POSITION YEAR
Elton Brown (also 71) DE 1976-78
Lem Burnham DE 1976
Mike Calhoun DE 1981
Stavros Canakes (also 68) OT, DT 1954-58
Ted Collins DT 1968-69
Mario Dare T 1955
Linden Davidson DT 1979
Wayne Dennis (also 56) DT 1964-67
Al Dotson DE 1971
Roy Gardiner (also 56) C, E 1947-48, 1950-51
Mark Gefert LB 1974-75
Bill Glennon DT 1970
Kirk Heyer LB 1976
Tom Lumsden (also 75) E, DE, T, G 1951-54
Calvin Miller DE 1976
Si Murano T 1952
Steve Patrick (also 53, 66) G, MG 1952-64
Renzo (Rock) Perdoni DT 1971
Gerry Roberts DL 1976
Gordon Stewart DT 1972-73
Chris Walby OL 1981-96

 

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Chris Walby (2003)

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Steve Patrick (1985)
  • Tom Lumsden (1988)
  • Chris Walby (2000)

CFL All-Stars:

  • Chris Walby (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994)

 

Division All-Stars:

  • Steve Patrick (1958, 1959)
  • Chris Walby (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)

CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Chris Walby, 1987, 1993
  • Leo Dandurand Trophy (Most Outstanding Lineman, East Division) – Chris Walby, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993

 

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Steve Patrick, 1959; Chris Walby, 1989, 1996
  • Most Outstanding Lineman – Steve Patrick, 1958
  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Chris Walby, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
  • Ring of Honour – Chris Walby, 2016

 

He Wore It Well: Chris Walby, OL, 1981-96

He is not only one of the most decorated players in Blue Bombers history – a nine-time CFL All-Star, 11-time division all-star and twice the league’s top O-lineman – it could be argued Walby is the greatest lineman in league history. A massive man at 6-7 and ranging around 325-plus during his playing days, Walby was an intimidating tackle strong enough to dominate defensive linemen but with the foot speed to also handle their quickness.

A product of St. John’s High School and Dickinson State, Walby was a first-round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes but was ‘finessed’ out of Quebec by some shrewd GM-ing by Paul Robson in his first year. The rest, as they say, is Bomber and CFL history as Walby played for his hometown team from 1981-96.

Read Chris Walby’s Ring of Honour story here

Notable:

Steve Patrick was a fixture in this community for years, both as a Bomber and after his playing days. A graduate of the Winnipeg Light Infantry juniors, Patrick joined the Bombers in 1952 and suited up for 290 games over 13 years, winning four Grey Cups along the way. He was good, too, twice being named an all-star and participating in the 1957 and 1958 CFL All-Star Games.

Before the end of his playing days, Patrick began serving in politics as an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly), first being elected in 1962 and winning again in 1966, 1969 and 1973. Two of his sons, Steve Jr. and James, played in the NHL, while his daughter Tara played university volleyball. His grandson Nolan plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings and is expected to be selected first overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.