February 19, 2017

Number 78

Joe Bell DE 1980
Ed Breding LB 1969-71
Myron Budzan E 1952
Bob Deegan DE 1978
Noel Dunford E, G 1963-68
Corian Freeman (also 58) LB 1993
Bud Grant (also 78) WR, DB 1953-56
Walter Howard TE 1979
Les Huggins WR 1979
Craig McLeod G 1971
Rod Meadmore (also 74) DE 1956-61
Dennis Mendyk (also 85) HB 1957
Dale Potter LB 1978
Rob Prodanovic (also 52) DT 1986-89
Brett Racette DE 1984-85
Mike Raines DT 1982
Mel Smith WR 1972
Bob Toogood (also 32) LB, DE 1974-80

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Bud Grant (1983, as a builder)


Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Bud Grant (1984, as a builder)


Division All-Stars:

  • Bud Grant (1953, 1954, 1956, 1957)


He Wore It Well: Bob Toogood, LB/DE, 1974-80

A homegrown kid, Toogood was part of the University of Manitoba Bisons back-to-back Vanier Cup championship teams in 1969-70 and a second-round draft pick (16th overall) of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1972. He tried out for the Riders in 1973 and landed with the Bombers a year later, giving the club seven solid seasons. After retiring, Toogood remained active in the game as a president of the Blue Bombers Alumni Association and with the Senior Bowl, the high school game for graduating players every spring.


Kenora’s Noel Dunford was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He played football, basketball and was an accomplished rower before signing with the Bombers in 1963 and becoming the first player from the Kenora area to make it to the CFL. He later turned to coaching both baseball and football in Winnipeg before moving to Thunder Bay.