February 26, 2017

Number 85

Lorne Benson (also #95, #99) FB 1951-56
Rob Carpenter WR 1995
Bob Davenport (also #98) HB 1956-57
Dennis Mendyk (also #78) HB 1957
Nick Miller (also #24, #91, #92, #93, #94) FW, DB 1953-54
Frank Pillow WR 1992
Milt Stegall SB 1995-2008
Tommy Thompson QB 1953
John Varone (also #15) HB, LB 1958-59

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Milt Stegall (2012)


Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Nick Miller (1996)
  • Milt Stegall (2009)


CFL All-Stars:

  • Milt Stegall (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006)


Division All-Stars:

  • Milt Stegall (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)


CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Milt Stegall, 2002
  • Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (Most Outstanding Player, East Division) – Milt Stegall, 2002
  • Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Rookie, West Division) – Lorne Benson, 1952
  • Tom Pate Award – Milt Stegall, 2007


Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Milt Stegall, 1997, 2000, 2002
  • Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award – Milt Stegall, 2005, 2007
  • Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award – Milt Stegall, 2006, 2007
  • Ring of Honour – Milt Stegall, 2016


He Wore It Well:

Milt Stegall, SB, 1995-2008

Milt Stegall first set foot in Winnipeg curious about a short-term adventure, but eager to return to the National Football League. And all these years later he will insist his 14 seasons in Winnipeg were among the best in his life.

Stegall is, simply put, not only one of the greatest players in Bomber history, but in the long and storied history of the Canadian Football League.

He is one of the most decorated Bombers ever and is the CFL’s all-time touchdown leader with 147, holds the record for most touchdowns in a season with 23, and retired as the league’s all-time receiving yardage king (since broken by Geroy Simon).

Stegall, now an outspoken analyst on CFL on TSN telecasts, retired with five Bomber records, including most career receiving yards (15,153), most receiving yards in a season (1,896), most career receptions (854), most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (10) and most seasons leading the team in receiving (7).

He was added to the club’s Ring of Honour in 2016.


Lorne ‘Boom-Boom’ Benson was born in Riverton, Man. and, while also playing basketball and hockey, honed his football skills with the Weston Wildcats and at Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate. He still holds a CFL record for most TDs in a playoff game, with six scored in an October 28th, 1953 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.