Winnipeg – There is a statue of Bud Grant just outside the Bomber store at Investors Group Field. And now the legendary coach will also be added to the Winnipeg Football Club Ring Of Honour during a halftime ceremony on Friday Night when the Bombers host Edmonton in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Grant joins six other former Bomber Greats (Ken Ploen, Chris Walby, Gerry James, Milt Stegall, Dieter Brock, Leo Lewis) who have been previously inducted this season.
Bud Grant joined the Winnipeg Football Club as a player in 1953 and was a West Division All Star in three of his four seasons before retiring to become the Head Coach at the age of 29. He still holds the CFL record of five interceptions in a playoff game.
“I enjoyed playing so much. I enjoyed Winnipeg so much. I enjoyed my teammates so much. I enjoyed the atmosphere around the Bombers, Canadian football… everything,” said Grant in a team news release. “The town, the people… It wasn’t only the football, it was the whole experience.”
The Blue Bombers made six Grey Cup appearances during Grant’s coaching tenure from 1957-66 and won four times (1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962). He remains the winningest coach in franchise history with 102 regular season victories and was named the CFL Coach of the Year in 1965.
“Bud Grant is not only a legend around these parts, but a legend in Minnesota and across both the CFL and NFL as well,” said President & CEO, Wade Miller in that same news release. “After his career here in Winnipeg, he left for the Vikings and became an icon with that franchise, too. He is the first coach in history to appear in both the Grey Cup and Super Bowl. His accomplishments are truly incredible, and we couldn’t be happier to add his name to the Ring of Honour.”