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February 9, 2017

Number 68

NUMBER SIXTY-EIGHT
NAME POSITION YEAR
Val Belcher G 1983-84
Nick Benjamin G 1989-93
Kelly Butler OL 2010-11
Larry Butler G 1980-81
Sav Canakes (also 63) OT, DT 1954-58
Darryl Conrad OL 2008
Guy Earle G 1996
Bob Hantla G, T 1959
Cordaro Howard T 2014
Len Meltzer (also 87, 92) HB 1950-54
Dave Mudge OT 2000-05
John Naponick (also 65) T 1966
Sam Nevills (also 56) T 1952-53
Marc Parenteau OL 2000-05, 2013
Dominic Picard (also 53) OL 2006-08, 2015
Lorne Plante OL 2009
Neil Quilter G 1987
Derek Sholdice OL 1998
Justin Sorenson OL 2012-13
Mark Stewart LB 1985
Kas Vidruk (also 27, 29, 37, 50, 58) G, C, LB, T 1942, 1945-47, 1951-55

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Dave Mudge (2015)

 

CFL All-Stars:

  • Larry Butler (1980, 1981)
  • Dave Mudge (2001, 2002)

 

Division All-Stars:

  • Larry Butler (1980, 1981)
  • Dave Mudge (2001, 2002)

 

CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Larry Butler, 1981; Dave Mudge, 2001
  • DeMarco-Beckett Trophy (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, West Division) – Larry Butler 1981.
  • Leo Dandurand Trophy (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, East Division) – Dave Mudge, 2001

 

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Larry Butler, 1981; Dave Mudge, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award – Dave Mudge, 2002
  • Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award – Dave Mudge, 2001

 

He Wore It Well: Dave Mudge, OT, 2000-05

Count the trade that brought Dave Mudge to the Bombers from the Toronto Argonauts in 2000 – the club shipped Brad Elberg and a fourth-rounder for the big Canadian tackle – among the best in club history.

At 6-7 and 305 pounds, Mudge was a technically sound tackle with the feet of a tight end. He was the club’s top O-lineman three times and the CFL’s best in 2001. Mudge was just as big off the field, winning two community service honours during his days – the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award and the Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award.

FYI:

Larry Butler was already an all-star when the Bombers traded kicker Bernie Ruoff to land him to bolster the line in front of quarterback Dieter Brock. Butler was a divisional all-star in each of his six CFL seasons and the first of four Bombers to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award over a seven-year span from 1981-87, followed by John Bonk (1984), Nick Bastaja (1985) and Chris Walby (1987).

Notable:

Kas Vidruk’s contributions to the game were highlighted at the Number 50.