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Winnipeg Blue Bombers to induct CJOB’s Bob Irving into hall of fame

The names of linemen John Helton and Bob Molle as well as broadcaster Bob Irving will be added this season to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame Walk outside Investors Group Field. Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG – Three names will be added to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers‘ Hall of Fame this fall, including the team’s longtime radio play-by-play voice.

680 CJOB’s Bob Irving will be inducted into the builder category during the Bombers Hall of Fame Legacy Dinner on September 21.

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Irving became part of the Bombers broadcast crew after joining CJOB in 1973. He was inducted into the Football Reporters of Canada section of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Irving later received the Order of Manitoba in 2014 and the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award in 2015.

The Bombers named the press box at Investors Group Field in honour of Irving shortly after the stadium opened in 2013. Irving is also a member of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Media Roll of Honour.

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Joining Irving in the Bombers Hall of Fame are linemen John Helton and Bob Molle.

The Bombers picked up Helton in a trade with the Calgary Stampeders in 1979. He is a nine-time CFL All-Star. Helton was also was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 1972 and the league’s top defensive player in 1974.

Molle was drafted by the Bombers ninth overall in 1985. He was a member of the 1988 and 1990 Grey Cup championship teams. Mole also captured silver in wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, making him the only athlete to have won an Olympic medal and a CFL championship.

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