Winnipeg – The kickoff to Week Five of the 2016 CFL Schedule on Thursday Night will also be highlighted by the addition of a third name to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ring of Honour at Investors Group Field.
Joining Chris Walby and Kenny Ploen ahead of the 7:30 p.m. start against the Calgary Stampeders will be none other than the legendary Gerry James who was known as “Kid Dynamite” when he joined the Blue Bombers as a 17 year old in the 1952 CFL season.
James played in six Grey Cup games and helped the Blue Bombers win four times in 1958, ’59, ’61, and ’62. The two sport standout, who also played 5 seasons with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1954 and ’57 and was also named a West Division All Star in 1952 and ’57.
Gerry was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1981 and the following year took up residence in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. In 1984 James went into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall Of Fame.
He retired in 1964 as the second all time leading rusher among Canadian Running Backs with 5,554 yards and 57 touchdowns. His 63 overall majors puts him in fourth place on the Bombers all- time list.
“It’s a great honour in the fact that I’ve been away from the game for so long,” said James in a team news release. “To be thought of for this new Ring of Honour so early in its inception is just a wonderful feeling, knowing that people feel I made some sort of a small impact on the football club.”