Winnipeg – The player who was known as “Big Bird” is going to be the ninth and final inductee on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ring Of Honour this season. CFL Hall Of Fame Defensive Lineman – and 680 CJOB Football Analyst – Doug Brown will be honoured at halftime of the Saturday, October 29th home game versus Ottawa.
The 42 year old native of New Westminster, B.C. was a Seven Time CFL All Star during his 11 years in Blue and Gold and was also named the League’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2001 when he helped lead the Blue Bombers to the Grey Cup game that year in Montreal.
The Simon Fraser University product also played in Grey Cups in 2007 and 2011 and was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2012, just a year after he retired.
“Knowing Doug personally as a teammate and friend, I am pleased to be able to add his name to the Ring of Honour,” said President & CEO Wade Miller in a team news release. “Doug remains a familiar face at the stadium on game days and we are thrilled to add such a tremendous player to the list of inductees.”
“I was lucky enough to be affiliated with one football club for all 11 years of my CFL career,” said Brown. “The Bombers are 86 years-old and so to be recognized by a club that has such a storied history with so many players that defined the Canadian football landscape is very humbling and a tremendous honour.”
Brown joins a distinguished list of first year Ring of Honor Inductees that includes Chris Walby, Kenny Ploen, Gerry James, Milt Stegall, Dieter Brock, Leo Lewis, Bud Grant, and Herb Gray.