December 17, 2010: Former CFLer Ribbins, 63

Peter Ribbins, a teammate of two other Burlington products, Ian Sunter and Tony Gabriel of the 1973 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, died last Sunday at the age of 63.

Ribbins, a former Burlington Braves junior standout, played most of his Canadian Football League career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but also saw action with the Ticats and the Edmonton Eskimos.

A wide receiver/defensive back, Ribbins tied a CFL record by intercepting four passes in one game with the Bombers in 1972. The record was subsequently broken when another Bomber, Rod Hill, picked off five passes in a 1990 game.

Ribbins died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease after an eight-year battle. He lived the past three decades in the Cayman Islands and leaves his wife, Siobhan, and three children.