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February 5, 2017

Number 65

NUMBER SIXTY-FIVE
NAME POSITION YEAR
John Anderson G 1979
Sandy Annunziata OL 1997-99
Nick Bastaja G 1980-88
Adam Bestard OL 2010
Buddy Brown (also 56) G 1975-78
Jim Duke (also 55, 70) DE, T 1972-75
Moe Elewonibi (also 64) OL 2000-03
John Feugill OL 2005
Scott Harper G 2002-03
Bob Hobert T, G 1957-58
Dick Huffman (also 20) T, DT 1951-55
Jarvis Jones OL 2014
Dave Knechtel DT, DE 1974-78
Mike Kuhn (also 72, 75) LB 1971-72
Ray Lychak (also 61) G, T 1972-73
Quinn Magnuson OL 1993
Don Mazur (also 43, 46) C, G, T 1953
Steve Morley (also 62) OL 2009-14
John Naponick (also 68) T 1966
Butch Norman (also 66) OL 1974-80
Martin Platz E 1939-40
Gene Renzi T 1956
Ross Richardson G 1969-70
Frank Smith T 1981-83
Neil Thomas T 1962-64
Norm Winton DT, K 1965-66
Mike Wright DT 1960-61

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Dick Huffman (1985)
  • Nick Bastaja (1992)
  • Butch Norman (1994)

CFL All-Stars:

  • Butch Norman (1976, 1980)
  • Nick Bastaja (1984, 1985)

Division All-Stars:

  • Dick Huffman (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)
  • Mike Wright (1961)
  • Butch Norman (1976, 1979, 1980)
  • Nick Bastaja (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  • Moe Elewonibi (2000)

CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Nick Bastaja, 1985
  • DeMarco Beckett Trophy (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, West Division) – Nick Bastaja, 1985

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Dick Huffman, 1954
  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Butch Norman, 1976, 1978, 1980; Nick Bastaja, 1985
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Mike Kuhn, 1972

He Wore It Well: Nick Bastaja, G, 1980-88:

Nick Bastaja had five CFL seasons under his belt with Hamilton and Toronto before he was traded to Winnipeg in 1980. Bastaja would have his best years in Winnipeg colours, being named to the CFL All-Star team in 1984 and 1985 and the division all-star squad six times. The 1985 season proved to be his best, as he was awarded the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. After retirement, Bastaja worked as an analyst for CFL games on the Canadian Football Network.

FYI:

We highlighted Bomber Hall of Famer Dick Huffman at Number 20.

Notable:

Haywood Eugene ‘Butch’ Norman came to the Bombers in 1974, one year after helping the Alabama Crimson Tide win a national championship. He was steady as a rock during his days as a Bomber, twice named a CFL All-Star, and after retirement stayed active in football as an assistant and then head coach at his old school in Luverne, Alabama. He retired in 2002 with an 80-46 record, never missing the playoffs in 10 years as a head coach, seven regional titles and one Class 3A state championship.