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December 1, 2017

Number 81

NUMBER EIGHTY-ONE
NAME POSITION YEAR
Andre Arlain WR 2001-02
Chris Armstrong WR 1998-99
Kris Bastien WR 2015-16
Romby Bryant WR 2008-09, 2014
Scott Cloman WR 2005
Tim Daniel WR 1994-95
Allen DeGraffenreid WR 1996
Adam Eckert SB 2006-07
Chris Givens WR 2017
Tori Gurley WR 2016
Darcey Levy WR 2004
Glenn McWhinney HB, FW 1955-56
Scott Robinson WR 2005
Mitch Running WR 1998
Larry Thompson (also 2, 8) WR 1991-92, 1998
Ladaris Vann WR 2003
Cory Watson WR 2010-14

 

Division All-Stars:

  • Larry Thompson (1992)

 

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Larry Thompson, 1992
  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Cory Watson, 2011
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Mitch Running, 1998

 

He Wore It Well: Glenn McWhinney, HB, FW, 1955-56

Glenn McWhinney is another of the local products who fine-tuned their football skills with the Weston Wildcats junior team before turning pro. McWhinney began his career with the Edmonton Eskimos, and helped them win the 1954 Grey Cup, before returning to his hometown Bombers.

Nicknamed ‘The Keeper’ during his days with the Esks because of his skills running short-yardage, McWhinney was a gifted all-round athlete who played quarterback, wingback and wide receiver.

He suffered a neck injury in 1956 with the Bombers that ended his playing career, but worked as a scout for the next two years.

McWhinney also played baseball and was such a gifted guard in basketball he part of three championship teams in the Winnipeg Men’s Senior League, including one with ‘The Blues’ – a team made up primarily of Bombers players who stayed in the city in the offseason.

He was inducted in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

FYI:

Larry Thompson was a phenomenal athlete whose 1992 season – 61 receptions for 1,192 yards and 10 TDs – offered a glimpse at his potential and earned him the club’s Most Outstanding Player honour that year. But he was involved in a shooting incident after the 1992 season in California and, after being shot in the leg, did not have the same burst of speed. He did set a Hamilton team record for receiving yards in a game, 275, in a 1995 game ironically against Winnipeg and resurfaced here in 1998 before finishing up his career with the B.C. Lions… Mitch Running led the Bombers in receiving yardage in 1998 – he was the team’s top rookie that year – and his 729 yards that season is the lowest to lead the team dating back to 1975… Cory Watson’s 69 receptions in 2011 led the Bombers, making him the first Canadian to lead the team since Gerald Wilcox did the same in the 1994 and 1995 season.