Herb Gray latest inductee into Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Ring of Honour
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Herb Gray will be the football club’s next inductee into their Ring of Honour.
Gray played 10 seasons with the Blue Bombers in the 1950’s and 60’s. He played on both defence and offence as a defensive lineman and offensive lineman.
After getting drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1956, Gray chose to sign with the Bombers and would be selected as a West Division All-Star on seven different occasions (six as a defensive end and once as a guard). Gray won the CFL’s top lineman award in 1960. He was the Bombers defensive captain for nine seasons, winning the Grey Cup four times.
“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,” President and CEO Wade Miller said in a media release.
“We are thrilled to be able to add his name to the seven Canadian football legends in the Ring of Honour.”
Gray was selected as the Blue Bombers’ Defensive Player of the Half-Century in 1980. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983, the Winnipeg Football Hall Of Fame in 1984 and the Manitoba Sports Hall Of Fame in 1995.
Gray is the eighth inductee into the Ring of Honour joining Ken Ploen, Chris Walby, Milt Stegall, Leo Lewis, Gerry James, Dieter Brock and Bud Grant.
The Bombers will hold an unveiling ceremony during their game against the B.C. Lions on Saturday.
Gray passed away in 2011.
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