Bob Swift

Inducted: 1991

Centre: 1971-77

CFL All-Star: 1971, 1972, 1974

Divisional All-Star: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian: 1972, 1975

Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: 1974, 1977

There have been countless tales in CFL history of a player converting from offence to defence, particularly along the line of scrimmage.

And then there is the story of Bob Swift, who began his career as a fullback with the B.C. Lions and rushed for 1,054 yards as a rookie – third best in the West Division – and then worked out of the offensive backfield for two more years. The Toronto Argonauts converted him to centre in 1967 and in 1971 he was traded to Winnipeg for another #44, Paul Desjardins. He continued his transformation into one of the league’s best linemen.

Swift played seven years as a Bomber and was a three-time CFL All-Star and four-time West Division All-Star during his days in blue and gold.