December 5, 2017

Number 83

Derick Armstrong WR 2006-09
Shannon Baker WR 1995-96
Ernie Becker (also 89) QB, HB 1952-54
Ricky Clarke SB 2011
Herman (Eagle) Day QB 1956, 1958
Ray Don Dillon FB 1953
Marcus Dowdell WR 1995
Julian Feoli-Gudino SB, WR 2014-
Rocky Henry WR 2000
Chuck Lumsden (also 84) WR 1952, 1954-55
Pete Mangum (also 45) LB 1957-58
Andrew Martin SB 1992-93
Wane McGarity SB 2005
George McPhail (also 30, 36) HB 1950-52
Doug Pierce WR 2012-13
Joseph Rogers WR 1997, 1999
Titus Ryan WR 2009
Charlie Shepard (also 21, 91) FB, P 1957=62
Dave Skrien HB 1953
Dimitrious Stanley WR 1998


Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Charlie Shepard (1992)


CFL All-Stars:

  • Charlie Shepard (1959)
  • Derrick Armstrong (2007)


Division All-Stars:

  • Derrick Armstrong (2007)


He Wore It Well: Derick Armstrong, WR, 2006-09

Derick Armstrong had turned a 1,000-yard season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2002 into a three-year run with the Houston Texans in the NFL. And when his days down south were done, he was lured back to the CFL by the Bombers. Armstrong pulled in 25 passes for 302 yards and three TDs in just five games upon his return in 2006 and then in 2007-2008 posted some of the biggest numbers in franchise history.

Armstrong had 83 receptions for 1,141 yards and six TDs in 2007 and a year later had 81 catches for 1,010 yards and five scores.

His days in Winnipeg ended abruptly in 2009 under new head coach Mike Kelly after being told he would not start prior to the season opener. He sat out the entire 2009 season and then finished his career with stops in B.C. and Edmonton.


Eagle Day was a star at Ole Miss during his college days, leading the Rebels to the 1956 Cotton Bowl while being named the MVP. ‘The Mississippi Gambler’ – he also led the Rebels baseball team to the College World Series in 1956 – Day was drafted by the Washington Redskins but joined the Bombers instead and spent three years in Winnipeg colours. He then signed with Washington before finishing his career in Calgary and Toronto.


We highlighted Charlie Shepard’s accomplishments at #21… Dave Skrien played for the Bombers in the mid-50s before turning his attention to coaching. He was named the B.C. Lions head coach during the 1961 season and, in his six seasons as boss, led the Leos to two Grey Cups, winning in 1964… Ernie Becker was a Toronto product who played for the Bombers in the early 1950s before turning to coaching after his playing career, as the coach of at Tec Voc High School, and then in swimming.