Chris Walby

Chris Walby Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1996. Photo Scott Grant

Chris Walby
Photo courtesy Scott Grant

Inducted: 2000

Member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame (Inducted 2003)

Offensive line: 1981-96

CFL All-Star: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994

Division All-Star: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996

CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: 1987, 1993

Leo Dandurand Trophy (Most Outstanding Lineman, East Division): 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993

Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian: 1989, 1996

Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996

Ring of Honour: 2016

Chris Walby is not only one of the most decorated players in Blue Bombers history – a nine-time CFL All-Star, 11-time division all-star and twice the league’s top O-lineman – it could be argued Walby is the greatest lineman in league history. A massive man at 6-7 and ranging around 325-plus during his playing days, Walby was an intimidating tackle strong enough to dominate defensive linemen but with the foot speed to also handle their quickness.

A product of St. John’s High School and Dickinson State, Walby was a first-round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes but was ‘finessed’ out of Quebec by some shrewd GMing by Paul Robson in his first year. The rest, as they say, is Bomber and CFL history as Walby played for his hometown team from 1981-96.

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