WINNIPEG- One of the best Offensive Linemen to ever play in the CFL will be the first member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ring Of Honour. Chris Walby will be honoured during the Blue Bombers Home and Regular Season opener on Friday, June 24th. Ironically the visitors will be the team who originally drafted the Dickinson State Grad in 1981, the Montreal Alouettes.
“Bluto” played for the Blue and Gold from 1981-96 and was a Nine Time CFL All Star at his Tackle Position. The 6-7, 325 pound Winnipeg Native also helped the Blue Bombers win three Grey Cup titles in 1984, 1988, and 1990.
“This is such an honour and it fills me with a tremendous sense of pride,” said Walby who was also named the CFL’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1987 and again in ’93 . “I just feel lucky to have played my career in this town, to play 16 years here, be a part of three Grey Cup teams and to have suited up with a lot of great players. And to be the first guy to be selected for the Ring of Honour is very special.”
The Blue Bombers are continuing to call on fans to help select the first nine additions to the Ring of Honour through the online voting system at bombersfanzone.com/ring_of_honour. Fan input, in combination with guidance from the Blue Bombers’ history and recognition committee, will help determine the next eight players selected this year.
Each following year, one more alumni will be added to the Blue Bombers Ring of Honour. This season’s inductees will be recognized with an unveiling ceremony at each regular season home game.
“The Blue Bombers Ring of Honour is a way for our organization to recognize some of the Bomber greats and legends who have played for the Blue and Gold over the years,” said Wade Miller, Blue Bombers President & CEO. “The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have an incredibly rich history and it’s important for us to continue to celebrate and honour that with our fans.”
The Blue Bombers Ring of Honour will be added just above the suites on the 200 level facing out into the stadium.