Alumni Stories

GREY CUP FLASHBACKS | CORY PHILPOT

Matt Baker - BC Lions On back-to-back memorable Sundays in late November of 1994, Cory Philpot knew he had officially ...
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GREY CUP FLASHBACKS | GEROY SIMON

MATT BAKER BC Lions When it comes to the Grey Cup, not even Superman can say he batted .1000. In fact, ...
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Avery, Calcutt to be inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame

November 15, 2017 Ottawa REDBLACKS The Football Reporters of Canada have announced their 2017 inductees into the Canadian Football Hall ...
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FLUTIE BROTHERS BAND HEADLINES GREY CUP VIP TAILGATE PARTY PRESENTED BY CASINO LAC-LEAMY

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 OTTAWA REDBLACKS The 105th Grey Cup Festival organizing committee today announced that the Flutie Brothers Band, featuring ...
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: BRUCE COVERNTON

NOVEMBER 3, 2017 STAMPEDERS.COM STAFF Even before setting foot in the home locker room at McMahon Stadium, Bruce Covernton was ...
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REMEMBER TO THANK YOUR PARENTS

November 1st, 2017 By Angus Reid With my parents after winning the 2011 Grey Cup So much credit gets given ...
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FORMER ARGO, TICAT JOHN WILLIAMS ON A MISSION IN CANADIAN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

OCTOBER 29, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca On a mission to get Canadian Indigenous kids to be active, educated ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Randy Chevrier

Stampeders.com Staff A position with the Calgary Fire Department is just the latest vocational pursuit for Randy Chevrier. During his ...
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Hall of Fame Profile | Terrence Edwards

October 11th, 2017 Article by Ed Tait The Winnipeg Football Club will officially welcome three new members to its Hall ...
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Inside the CFL: Ex-Alouette Dahrran Diedrick winning battle of his life

September 29, 2017 by Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette After receiving a diagnosis of cancer in 2014, "I was told to ...
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Former Rider Gene Makowsky reflects on influential coaches

Regina / 980 CJME Britton Gray September 26, 2017 Coaches are being recognized this week for the role they play ...
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Cal Murphy | Heart of a Champion

September 21, 2017 Ed Tait  Winnipeg Blue Bombers He was ‘Kindly Cal’ to most and ‘Crusty Cal’ to others. Truth ...
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For CFL legend Tony Gabriel, The Catch leads to The Crutch

September 18th, 2017 Scott Radley - Hamilton Spectator Decades later his winning catch is still one of the most famous ...
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Cookie Gilchrist to be honoured on Bills Wall of Fame

 Chris Brown Bills Insider The former AFL MVP helped the Bills to their first American Football League Championship in 1964, ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Dave Heasman

August 26, 2017 Stampeders.com Staff Dave Heasman lived out his dream by playing for his hometown team. The offensive lineman ...
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The Brent Johnson Story

August 15, 2017 Matt Baker BC Lions He helped the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl in 1997 and ...
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Carl Kidd | From Pine Bluff To Wall of Fame

August 10th, 2017 BC Lions Matt Baker The legend of Carl Kidd in a BC Lions uniform may have never ...
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BC Lions To Add Carl Kidd and Brent Johnson To Wall Of Fame

August 1, 2017 Jamie Cartmell The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that former defensive lineman Brent Johnson ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Hector Pothier

Hector Pothier was an outstanding offensive lineman who played his entire 12-year CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos.  Between 1978 ...
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Dave Sapunjis: ’92 The Year To Remember

July 28, 2017 George Johnson Your Stamps Authority Mostly, what Dave Sapunjis remembers is the sheer joy, a little-kid sense of ...
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Flutie’s arrival was perfect storm

July 28, 2017 George Johnson Your Stamps Authority Twenty-five years drift away in the blink of an eye as Doug ...
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Greg Peterson: Sleeping With The Cup

July 27, 2017 George Johnson Your Stamps Authority The story, Greg Peterson concedes, has been often told (since he’s the ...
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Come tailgate with the 1992 Stamps

July 25, 2017 Stampeders.com Staff Fans can mingle with members of the Calgary Stampeders’ 1992 Grey Cup-championship team at the ...
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O’Leary: One notable absence from Argos’ Grey Cup reunion

July 24, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca They began to line up like they did 20 years ago, a ...
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Calgary Stampeder Alumni Spotlight: Tom Forzani

July 22, 2017 Stampeders.com Staff Former Stampeder receiver Tom Forzani is this week’s Home Heroes’ presented by Reliance Home Comfort. The ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Kellogg

June 28, 2017 Stampeders.com Staff Former Stampeder defensive back Jackie Kellogg is this week’s Home Heroes’ presented by Reliance Home ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Rob Bresciani

Local product Rob Bresciani has become a very accomplished businessman since leaving the CFL. Bresciani has owned and operated a ...
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Cauz: Argos short-lived dynasty of the 90s was one for the ages

July 18, 2017 Matthew Cauz/CFL.ca The next time we humans will be able to see Halley’s Comet is in 2061 ...
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Flutie to be named an All-Time Argo

July 17, 2017 Argonauts Staff 1996 and 1997 Grey Cup MVP to be Honoured at BMO Field on Monday, July ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Jim Cain

Jim Cain was a versatile member of the Ottawa Rough Riders line for nine years from 1961 to 1969 finishing ...
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Bulych’s legacy lives on with Riders’ Alumni Association

Ed Kapp Regina Leader-Post July 13, 2017 Terry Bulych left quite an impression as president of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni ...
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More than 30 alumni headed to Toronto for ’96/’97 Grey Cup reunion

July 12, 2017 Argonauts.ca Staff TORONTO – On July 24 when the Toronto Argonauts take on the Ottawa REDBLACKS at ...
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Jack Jacobs | Ring of Honour Inductee

July 10, 2017 Ed Tait Winnipeg Blue Bombers There’s no sin worse in professional sports than to be losing and ...
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Chatham Sports Hall of Fame to add five inductees

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News Friday, July 7, 2017  Brothers Dan and John Comiskey played one season together on ...
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Canadian Football League appoints Randy Ambrosie as 14th Commissioner

July 5, 2017 CFL.ca Staff TORONTO — Grey Cup Champion and business leader Randy Ambrosie is the new Commissioner of the ...
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Bombers to unveil Cal Murphy statue at Investors Group Field

July 4, 2017 Rhéanne M. Winnipeg Blue Bombers WINNIPEG, MB., July 4, 2017 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will honour ...
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PHOTO RELEASE: CANADA 150 IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE WITH THE GREY CUP

Saturday, July 1, 2017 — LONDON, UK (July 1, 2017) -- On Canada Day in the UK, the Grey Cup ...
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PHOTO RELEASE: GREY CUP AND HENRY BURRIS IN LONDON, UK

Friday, June 30, 2017 — LONDON, UK (June 30, 2017) -- Today the Grey Cup touched down in London, UK ...
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No one went over the middle like Rocky DiPietro

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Almost 40 years later, Rocky DiPietro still remembers what he calls the ...
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For Canadians, Ezzrett ‘Sugarfoot’ Anderson was easily relatable

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca The football years — six of them in Calgary — were great ...
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After a 25-year career, Passaglia still misses the little things

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Seventeen years into retirement, it’s the little things that Lui Passaglia misses ...
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‘Royalty’ attached to George Reed’s name in Riderville

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL,ca They call him royalty. If you ever need to gauge just how ...
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Doug Brown: CFL a ‘national treasure to Canada’

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Doug Brown laughed when he was asked the question. What do you ...
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Hatanaka: Inclusiveness, diversity make CFL great

 June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Once the ball went up, Bill Hatanaka took a breath and surveyed ...
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Pinball: Representing Canada ‘sentimentally sacred’

June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Seventeen years after retiring as a player, the accolades continue to pile ...
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Dalla Riva: From overseas to Hamilton’s steel mills and, eventually, the Alouettes

 June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Peter Dalla Riva arrived in Hamilton from Italy with his family in ...
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GREY CUP, BURRIS HEADING TO LONDON, UK

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced that 104th Grey Cup Champion and MVP Henry Burris will ...
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Kwong, Getty part of a peak moment in Canadian talent

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca As time passes, it gets increasingly difficult to gauge the impact of ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair has found success both on and off the football field.  On field, Sinclair started winning championships at an ...
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Bombers announce 2017 Hall of Fame class

June 22nd, 2017 Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers WINNIPEG, MB., June 22, 2017 – The Winnipeg Football Club is pleased to announce ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Brett MacNeil

June 16th, 2017 by Tony Playter Brett MacNeil, the current CFL Alumni Association (CFLAA) president, played 12 seasons in the ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – George Reed

George Reed is one of the all-time great running backs to ever play in the CFL. After starring at Washington ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Hank Ilesic

Known as one of the all-time great punters in league history, Hank Ilesic used his booming kicks to carve out ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Willie Pless

Prior to his hall of fame career in the CFL, linebacker Willie Pless had an outstanding college career at the ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Tom Clements

Prior to joining the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders, Tom Clements was the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Ron Estay

Ron Estay Ron Estay, the man affectionately known as “Swampdog”, is considered by many to be one of the greatest ...
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Wes Cates, Roger Brandvold comprise the Class of 2017

Ian Hamilton- Senior Reporter May 3, 2017 When Wes Cates began his CFL career in 2006, he never thought he ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Geroy Simon

His CFL career was nothing short of sensational. As many CFL fans will attest, it was a pleasure to watch ...
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Wasn’t that a party: 2017 Argo Alumni Reunion

On April 19th, 2017 the Toronto Argonauts  Alumni Association held their 6th Annual Reunion The reunion was held at the ...
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CFL Alumni Inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame

The Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame inducts a CFL Alumni in to their Hall of Fame every year.   This year ...
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CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – Frank Rigney

Frank Rigney anchored the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line from 1958 to 1967.  During his Hall of Fame career, Rigney ...
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Leo Ezerins To Be Inducted into Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame

MEDIA ADVISORY For immediate release – April 11, 2017 Leo Ezerins To Be Inducted into Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame ...
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Call to the Hall: Hall of Fame reveals class of 2017

March 23rd, 2017 CFL.ca Staff REGINA – The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum’s stellar Class of 2017 features ...
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Former Rough Rider has surgery to treat pancreatic cancer

February 28, 2017 Ottawa REDBLACKS VIA: http://www.ottawaredblacks.com/2017/02/28/former-rough-rider-surgery-treat-pancreatic-cancer/ Photo courtesy of Scott Grant Photography Former Ottawa Rough Rider Rick Sowieta is ...
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Geroy Simon

Simon earning mileage as off-season scouting hits peak

January 30, 2017 Article by Matt Baker | BCLions.com VIA: http://www.cfl.ca/2017/01/29/simon-earning-mileage-off-season-scouting-hits-peak/ Photos Courtesy of BC Lions Podcast Courtesy of CFL.ca ...
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Meet The Man Behind USA Football’s Hugely Popular “Football For Life” Series – Jason Johnson

By Roger Kelly on 01/05/2017@RogerKelly18 Photos courtesy of American Football International Review VIA: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/meet-the-man-behind-usa-footballs-football-for-life-series-jason-johnson/ An estimated 12 million viewers have ...
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David Sidoo – 2017 recipient W.A.C. Bennett Award

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted by Rattan Mall VIA: http://www.voiceonline.com/david-sidoo-is-2017-recipient-of-the-bc-sports-hall-of-fames-w-a-c-bennett-award/ Photo courtesy of David Sidoo DAVID (Dave) Sidoo, the ...
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George Reed Foundation Mosaic Gala in Regina

Story by Regina Leader-Post Photos by Michael Bell / Regina Leader-Post Published on: December 9, 2016 | Last Updated: December ...
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Geroy Simon

Superman Answers Call To BC Hall!

December 7, 2016 Story by: Matt Baker BC Lions Photo Courtesy: BC Lions VIA: http://www.bclions.com/2016/12/07/superman-answers-call/ Although he bleeds orange through ...
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VANIER CUP: 32 years later, Higgins comes full circle

November 22nd, 2016 Hamilton Spectator By Steve Milton VIA: http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6981396-vanier-cup-32-years-later-higgins-comes-full-circle/ Tom Higgins has been in this situation before, and he ...
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CFL Fans Fight Cancer Meet and Greet Raises Money at Grey Cup

On November 26th, 2016 the CFL Fans Fight Cancer (http://www.cflfansfightcancer.com/) held a meet and greet fundraiser to raise money for ...
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Tony Gabriel sends Message to the REDBLACKS ahead of Grey Cup

November 26, 2016 by:Robbie Abrahamson Via The Snap: http://www.thesnap.ca/tony-gabriel-sends-special-message-redblacks-ahead-greycup/ CFL PHOTO - Patrick Doyle Not a bad way to inspire ...
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Blue Bomber Walby Entertains at Sportman’s Dinner

11/11/2016, 12:15pm CST By Heather Jordan VIA: http://www.portageterriers.com/news_article/show/720796?referrer_id=1546108 Chris Walby regaling the crowd with stories of his journey in sport ...
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Jim Popp will not return to the Montreal Alouettes

November 7, 2016 Montrealalouettes.com MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes Football Club announced that after 21 years of service to the Club, ...
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“Pinball” Clemons inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

November 2nd, 2016 Article by The Snap Photo Courtesy of The Snap Congrats MIKE! Yesterday, Michael “Pinball” Clemons was inducted ...
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Paul McCallum joins Lions after coming out of retirement

November 1, 2016 CFL.ca Staff VANCOUVER — The BC Lions are looking to get a leg up for the playoffs, ...
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The Doug Brown Story

October 18, 2016  Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC The first thing anyone in football noticed about Doug Brown was always the obvious: ...
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Doug Brown Final 2016 Ring of Honour Inductee

October 17, 2016 Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers WINNIPEG, MB., Oct. 18, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Doug Brown as ...
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We Day Pinball Clemons extends his reach to the world

Story By Deirdre Kelly The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 3:23PM ED (Photo Credit Charla Jones/The Globe ...
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The fascinating life of footballer-turned-MPP Tim Reid

Steve Paikin Published on Aug 22, 2016 (Photo Credit: Steve Paikin) Given my outsized interests in politics and sports, you ...
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The Herb Gray Story

October 3, 2016  Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC Herb Gray carved out a hall-of-fame football career during his days with the University ...
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Herb Gray To Be Inducted Into Ring Of Honour

Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers WINNIPEG, MB., October 3, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Herb Gray as the eighth inductee ...
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The Bud Grant Story

September 26, 2016 Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC Bud Grant is on the line and, at age 89, is still sounding sharp, ...
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Bud Grant to be inducted into Ring of Honour

Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers  WINIPEG, MB., September 26, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Bud Grant as the seventh inductee ...
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Grey Cup Festival Reunion Photos

On September 14th, 2016 a Grey Cup Festival Reunion was held at the prestigious Albany Club in Toronto.   The event ...
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Honouring John Helton

September 20, 2016  Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers The Winnipeg Football Club will officially welcome three new members to the hall of ...
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Honouring Bob Molle

September 19, 2016 Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC This is how it always works with Bob Molle: a quick chat turns into ...
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The Leo Lewis Story

 September 14, 2016 Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC His legend lives to this day through still photos, hall of fame video clips ...
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2016 SaskTel Plaza of Honor Class Announced

May 17, 2016 Staff   The Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee has announced two new members will be inducted ...
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This Week in the CFL – Week 13

Thursday, September 15, 2016 — Week 13 begins with an East Division tilt on Friday Night between the Montreal Alouettes and ...
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Leo Lewis Next Ring of Honour Inductee

September 14, 2016 Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers WINNIPEG, MB., Sept. 14, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Leo Lewis as ...
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B.C. Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2016

Ullrich named to B.C. Football Hall of Fame! Oh, plus Allen, Hasselbach and others Postmedia NewsMore from Postmedia News Published: ...
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The Dieter Brock Story

September 7, 2016 Ed Tait @EdTaitWFC He was nicknamed ‘The Birmingham Rifle’ and if you saw him unleash deep throws ...
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Dieter Brock to be inducted into Ring of Honour

September 7, 2016 Rhéanne M. @Wpg_BlueBombers WINNIPEG, MB., September 7, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Dieter Brock as ...
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1976 Grey Cup Champion Ottawa Rough Riders Reunion Photos

2016 is the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Grey Cup Win by the Ottawa Rough Riders.   The Ottawa Rough Riders ...
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Riderville heads back in time to honour Ridgway and ‘The Kick’

August 10, 2016 by Rod Pedersen REGINA — Dave Ridgway will hear the roar one more time. Ridgway, along with ...
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Current and Past Lions Enjoy Links At Alumni Golf Tournament

August 8, 2016 by Matt Baker On Monday, the Lions Den heads to Northview Golf and Country Club as the organization ...
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The Milt Stegall Story

Ring of Honour  July 29, 2016 Ed Tait He really needs no introduction in these parts. He is sporting royalty ...
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Cory Mantyka and Jason Clermont to Join BC Lions Wall of Fame

July 26, 2016 The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that former Leo greats Cory Mantyka and Jason ...
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The Ken Ploen Story

by Ed Tait July 11, 2016 Ken Ploen wasn’t always bigger than life in this town. It’s surely an odd ...
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The Gerry James Story

July 18, 2016| by Ed Tait The following is a true story. It hasn’t been embellished in any manner and/or ...
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Gerry James to be inducted into Ring of Honour

WINNIPEG, MB., July 18, 2016 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Gerry James as the third inductee to the Ring of ...
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Superman Flies Into Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame

Geroy Simon may have three Grey Cup rings, hold the all-time record for CFL touchdown receptions and receiving yards and ...
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Saskatchewan Roughriders fans flock to downtown rally to kick-off farewell season

Fans, Steve Mazurak excited and optimistic about new-look regime CBC News Posted: Jun 30, 2016 5:52 PM CT The Saskatchewan ...
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The Chris Walby Story

June 21, 2016 By: Veteran Winnipeg sportscaster Joe Pascucci (@Pascucci015), inducted into the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall ...
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Danny McManus Gridiron Greats 2016 Induction Speech

June 3rd, 2016 Danny McManus was inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame. VIA: http://gridirongreats.org/home/ ...
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Chris Walby announced as first inductee in Ring of Honour

WINNIPEG, MB. – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce the unveiling of a Ring of Honour at Investors ...
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