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February 27, 2017

Number 87

NUMBER EIGHTY-SEVEN
NAME POSITION YEAR
George Elliott RB, QB, DB 1955
Jack Jacobs (also 1, 7, 27) QB, P 1950-54
Albert Johnson III WR 2000, 2006-07
Reggie Jones WR 2003-04
Rory Kohlert WR 2012-16
Ron (Pepe) Latourelle (also 17, 31) RB, DB 1955-64
Len Meltzer (also 68, 92) HB 1950-54
Chad Plummer WR 2003
Mike Trevathan SB 1998
Gerald Wilcox SB 1992-96

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Jack Jacobs (1963)

 

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Jack Jacobs (1984)
  • Ron Latourelle (1994)
  • Gerald Wilcox (2001)

 

CFL All-Stars:

  • Gerald Wilcox (1994)
  • Albert Johnson III (2000, 2006)

 

Division All-Stars:

  • Jack Jacobs (1950, 1952)
  • Albert Johnson III (2000, 2006)
  • Gerald Wilcox (1993, 1994)

 

CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Gerald Wilcox, 1994
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Albert Johnson III, 2000
  • Most Outstanding Special Teams Player – Albert Johnson III, 2000
  • Frank M. Gibson Award (Most Outstanding Rookie, East Division) – Albert Johnson III, 2000
  • Lew Hayman Award (Most Outstanding Canadian, East Division) – Gerald Wilcox, 1993, 1994

 

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player – Gerald Wilcox, 1994
  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Gerald Wilcox, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • Most Outstanding Rookie Player – Albert Johnson III, 2000
  • Most Outstanding Special Teams Player (established in 2000) – Albert Johnson III, 2000, 2006

 

He Wore It Well: Gerald Wilcox, SB, 1992-96

Gerald Wilcox was the first overall pick by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1989 CFL Draft, but was battling injuries when he was traded to Winnipeg during training camp in 1992 for Less Browne.

By 1993, Wilcox – a big target with soft hands and good speed – had become a favourite target of quarterback Matt Dunigan and put up some spectacular numbers over the next three seasons: 79 receptions for 1,340 yards and 10 TDs in ’93, 111-1, 624-13 in ’94 and 69-1, 024-5 in ’95.

He was a two-time finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award, winning in 1994.

Injuries limited him to just four games in 1996 and in 1997, under new head coach Jeff Reinebold, he was traded to Calgary during training camp for offensive lineman Franco Rocco and the rights to running back Dick Tyler. Wilcox played only two games with the Stamps before retiring. In 2001, he was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

Notable:

Albert Johnson III – nicknamed ‘Flight 87’ in a fan poll – was one of the fastest and most dynamic players ever to pull on a Bombers uniform. He played three games with Saskatchewan in 1999 but still qualified as a rookie when he joined the Bombers a year later. And that  first season in Winnipeg was superb, as he was named both the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Johnson III led the league in combined yards in 2000 with 3,241, including 1,506 yards in kickoff returns, 664 in punt returns, 778 receiving and 16 rushing. His 447 combined yards in a July game of 2000 in Edmonton – 321 yards on kick returns, 153 receiving – remains a CFL record.

Johnson III left after that season for the NFL, spending 2001-02 with the Miami Dolphins, 2003 with the New York Jets and Houston Texans, and 2004 with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He returned to the Bombers in 2006 and led the team in punt and kickoff return yardage in both ’06 and ’07.

FYI:

We highlighted the legend of Jack Jacobs as the number he is most remembered, #27 … Bomber hall of gamer Ron ‘Pepe’ Latourelle was mentioned at #17.