March 11, 2017

Number 98

Nate Collins DT 2015
Bob Davenport (also 85) HB 1956-57
Gerry James (also 28) RB 1952-63
Trevor Ludtke (also 35, 45) LB 1999-00
Mike McAdoo DT 2013
Robert Presbury DT 1995
Junior Tagoai LB 1997
Jason Vega LB, DE 2011-12, 2014
Gavin Walls DE 2005-09
Ron Warner (also 94) DE 2000, 2006

Canadian Football Hall of Famers:

  • Gerry James (1981)

Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Famers:

  • Gerry James (1984)

CFL All-Stars:

  • Gavin Walls (2005)

Division All-Stars:

  • Gerry James (1955, 1957)
  • Gavin Walls (2005, 2006, 2008)

CFL Award Winners:

  • Most Outstanding Canadian – Gerry James, 1954, 1957
  • Most Outstanding Rookie – Gavin Walls, 2005
  • Dr. Beattie-Martin Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian, West Division) – Gerry James, 1954, 1957
  • Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (West Division leading scorer) – Gerry James, 1957, 1960
  • Jackie Parker Trophy (West Division Most Outstanding Rookie) – Gavin Walls, 2005

Bomber Team Awards:

  • Most Outstanding Player — Gerry James, 1953
  • Most Outstanding Canadian — Gerry James, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1960
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Player — Gavin Walls, 2005
  • Most Outstanding Rookie — Gavin Walls, 2005
  • Ring of Honour, Gerry James, 2016

He Wore It Well: Gavin Walls, DE, 2005-09

Gavin Walls was part of some solid teams at Arkansas during his college days but, after a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 and then a season with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 2004, he arrived in Winnipeg as a bit of an unknown.

His first season with the Bombers was spectacular, as he led the team with 12 sacks, earned a spot on the CFL All-Star Team, was named the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie and the club’s top defender. Walls racked up 42 sacks in his first four years with the Bombers and, after posting five in 13 games in 2009, was then traded to Montreal. He did not play for the Als that season and retired from the game.


Jason Vega was one of many American players who came north to Canada and fell in love with Winnipeg. He carved out a respectable CFL career, predominantly with the blue and gold, and just recently signed a one-day contract with the club to retire as a Bomber.


 We highlighted the remarkable career of Gerry James at #28.