Winnipeg – The second to last inductee for this season on the Blue Bombers Ring Of Honour will be Defensive Lineman and four time Grey Cup Champ, Herb Gray who was a standout for the Winnipeg Football Club for a decade from 1956-65.
Gray, who passed away in January of 2011 at the age of 76, will be recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Blue Bombers at halftime of Saturday’s game against the BC Lions at Investors Group Field.
Gray was drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts in 1956 out of the University of Texas, but instead chose to sign with the Blue Bombers and what a great decision that turned out to be. The Defensive End from Sattler, Texas was a West Division All Star seven times and served as a Team Captain for nine of his seasons in Blue and Gold.
Gray was recognized as the Bombers top Defensive Player for their first half century of existence in 1980 and was named to the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 1984, the Defensive End on the CFL All Time Team in 1993, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 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 in a team news release. “We are thrilled to be able to add his name to the seven Canadian football legends in the Ring of Honour.”
The late Herb Gray is the eighth inductee on the ring of honour this season- joining Chris Walby, Ken Ploen, Gerry James, Milt Stegall, Dieter Brock, Leo Lewis, and Bud Grant.