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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BOMBERS TO UNVEIL CAL MURPHY STATUE

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will honour one of the most influential figures in the history of the organization, the late Cal Murphy, with the unveiling of a bronze statue in his likeness at Investors Group Field. The official unveiling ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Murphy, who was born in Winnipeg in 1932, spent 30-plus seasons in the CFL, winning nine Grey Cups over his career and spending 14 seasons (1983-1996) with the Blue Bombers. One of the most successful coaches in the history of the franchise (he finished second on the Blue Bombers’ all-time winningest coaches list with a record of 86-51-1), he first joined the organization as head coach in 1983. Murphy made an immediate impact and was awarded Coach of the Year honours in his first two seasons at the helm.

“The Cal Murphy statue will honour one of the most iconic and successful figures in the great history of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Canadian Football League,” said Blue Bombers President & CEO, Wade Miller. “The statue is a tribute to a man who accomplished historic milestones while leading our organization. Thank you to our donors along with Blue Bomber Alumni for their support in raising funds for the statue.”

Murphy was inducted into the Blue Bombers Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame in 2004. The statue will be located outside Gate 3 and will be surrounded by a seating area for fans.

"Our entire family is honoured Cal is being recognized in this way,” said the Murphy family. “We wish to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, past presidents, directors, and supporters for their recognition of his contributions. The Blue Bombers and the City of Winnipeg have special memories for our family and we look forward to being a part of the unveiling ceremony in September."

The statue is being crafted by Canadian statue manufacturer MST Bronze Limited, who also completed the Bud Grant statue at Investors Group Field.

(Courtesy Darren Cameron/Blue Bombers PR)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for the Bombers for honouring one of their own.
The Riders put up a no-name statue honouring no one.

Rod Pedersen said...

It's not about one guy here.

Don said...

Its amazing how some people can put a negative spin on just about anything.
Box office Don

Anonymous said...

Yes it is about one guy here. His name is Chris Jones.

Anonymous said...

Well deserved murphy

Anonymous said...

It's not about one guy here because there has never been one guy here - it ends badly for all of them except for Kent Austin who pulls a Roddy Piper and leaves the territory before they can get rid of him.

Jim Hopson is the most important Roughrider in history.

I enjoyed the game in the new stadium and long ago accepted the Roughriders are the Cleveland Browns of the CFL.

Lewis Grant said...

Great monument. Cal Murphy was one of a kind. He was the only GM to stand up to the ridiculous American expansion in 1993. For that, I will never forget him. A proud Winnipegger but an even more proud Canadian.

Lewis Grant said...

It's hard not to notice the contrast with our nameless statue with insipid platitudes that could have been placed anywhere in North America.

Anonymous said...

Its always been about two guys ... Ron and George!

keyrecpl said...

Amen to that

Anonymous said...

Regina's statue should be of Ronnie handing off to George. Period.

Anonymous said...

I agree it should have been Ronnie handed off to George. Only Rider royalty we ever had and we create a 13th man statue. Only in Saskatchewan.

donna Campbell said...

Cal needs a statute in Regina because of the time he spent at the Rider practices
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Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce a statue of Kent Austin to be unveiled Mosaic Stadium 2007, about time. How great thou art.

Anonymous said...

very Winnipegish eh Pedersen..Jacka**