WINNIPEG, MB., October 3, 2016 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Herb Gray as the eighth inductee to the Ring of Honour presented by the Insurance Brokers of Manitoba (IBAM) at Investors Group Field.
Gray spent 10 years as a Blue Bomber and was team captain for nine. Drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1956, Gray opted to sign with the Blue Bombers and went on to be named a West Division All-Star defensive end six times and once more as guard.
In 1960, Gray was named the CFL’s top lineman, becoming the first defensive player to capture that honour. He was also named the Bombers’ top defensive player of their first half century of existence in 1980, and was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor (1983), the Winnipeg Football Hall of Fame (1984) and the the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1995).
“While Herb Gray has many accolades to his name, spending nine seasons as team captain may be what speaks the most to his character and value to the football club,” said President & CEO Wade Miller. “We are thrilled to be able to add his name to the seven Canadian football legends in the Ring of Honour.”
This season’s inductees will be recognized with an unveiling ceremony at each regular season home game. Each following year, one more alumni will be added to the Blue Bombers Ring of Honour.