WINNIPEG, MB., Sept. 14, 2016 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce Leo Lewis as the sixth inductee to the Ring of Honour presented by the Insurance Brokers of Manitoba (IBAM) at Investors Group Field.
Nicknamed the ‘Lincoln Locomotive’ during his college days at Lincoln University, Lewis played for the Bombers for 12 years from 1955-66, appearing in six Grey Cups during that time and winning four.
He led the Bombers in rushing in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1964 and still remains the Bombers’ all-time combined yardage leader with 18,577 yards (8,861 rushing, 4,251 receiving, and 5,465 in returns). He was also the Bombers’ all-time leading rusher upon his retirement in 1966, until Charles Roberts surpassed him in the 2007 season.
Lewis retired as the CFL’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards (now fifth), and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1973), the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame (1984), and the College Football Hall of Fame (2005).
“Leo Lewis was a CFL West Division All-Star six times over his career and has been honoured at just about every level,” said President & CEO Wade Miller. “His inclusion into the Ring of Honour only made sense, and we are pleased to be able to add his name to the growing list of Bomber greats already inducted.”
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.