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1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Roster

Canadian Football League (CFL)
Team Record: 13-3 26
Finishing 1st in the CFL's Western Conference
Postseason: 3-0 Won Grey Cup
Coach: Bud Grant (13-3)
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Statistics
1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Results

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League ended the 1961 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses for 26 points, finishing first in the CFL's Western Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 3-0.

Offensively, Winnipeg led the league with 360 points. On the other side of the ball, the stingy defense allowed 251 points. Leo Lewis rushed for a team-high 1,036 yards for the Blue Bombers.

Hal Ledyard threw for 1,398 yards. Farrell Funston led pass catchers, catching 47 balls for 892 yards. Ernie Pitts provided receiving help, too.

Norm Rauhaus picked off 3 opponent throws.

Bud Grant coached the team. The 1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup.

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# Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight College Hometown GP GS
Al AcklandE6'3"195Weston Wildcats Jr.Winnipeg, MB 2
58Ray AshG/LBNovember 11, 19365'11"225Winnipeg Int.Timmins, ON 13
48Jack BruzellC/E6'3"230Winnipeg Rods Jr.Winnipeg, MB 2
52Dave BurkholderT/LBOctober 21, 19366'1"225MinnesotaMinneapolis, MN 12
23Jack DelveauxFB/PMarch 15, 19376'1"220IllinoisChicago, IL 8
43George DruxmanC/LBDecember 4, 19296'1"220PortlandWinnipeg, MB 16
Frank FraserHBOctober 26, 19356'0"200Tennessee A&IMontreal, QC 1
71Farrell FunstonEMarch 5, 19366'2"208PacificLos Angeles, CA 14
53Herb GrayG/DEJune 12, 19346'1"218TexasBaytown, TX 16
35Roger HagbergFBFebruary 28, 19396'2"216MinnesotaWinnebago, MN USA9
6162Roger HamelinTApril 27, 19416'2"235Weston Wildcats Jr.Winnipeg, MB 16
54Rod HumenuikGJune 17, 19386'1"235CaliforniaDetroit, MI 16
28Gerry JamesFB/KOctober 22, 19346'0"180Winnipeg HSRegina, SK 150
32Henry JanzenHBJune 7, 19405'10"185Weston Wildcats Jr.Winnipeg, MB 16
25Ray JauchHBFebruary 11, 19385'11"175IowaMendota, IL 12
56Ed KotowichG5'10"225Winnipeg Rods Jr.Winnipeg, MB 7
31Pepe LatourelleHBMay 17, 19345'8"180Winnipeg Rods Jr.16
12Hal LedyardQBJuly 7, 19316'0"185Tenn-ChattanoogaMontgomery, AL USA134
29Leo LewisHBFebruary 4, 19335'10"196LincolnDes Moines, IA 160
73Cec LuiningDEJune 28, 19316'0"210Winnipeg Rods Jr.Winnipeg, MB 14
78Ron MeadmoreDEDecember 26, 19336'2"215Winnipeg Jr.Culross, MB 15
55Ted MikliechukGApril 13, 19355'11"200St. Vital Bulldogs Int.Lac Du Bonnet, MB 1
24Nick MillerHBSeptember 15, 19316'1"195Winnipeg Light Infantry16
26Douglas NagleHB5'11"185Vancouver Meralomas Jr.Vancouver, BC 12
63Steve PatrickG/TMarch 24, 19326'2"205Winnipeg Light InfantryGlenella, MB 16
64Cornel PiperGApril 2, 19376'1"235Winnipeg Rods Jr.Ardmore, AB 16
77Ernie PittsEMarch 8, 19356'2"192DenverAliquippa, PA 16
11Kenny PloenQBJune 3, 19356'1"184IowaLost Nation, IA 1412
14Rick PotterHBMarch 10, 19386'0"193Toronto Parkdale Jr.Milwaukee, WI 14
70Norm RauhausE/DBNovember 4, 19356'1"195Weston Wildcats Jr.Winnpeg, MB 15
67Frank RigneyTApril 9, 19366'4"233IowaEast St. Louis, IL 16
27Gordie RowlandHB/LBSeptember 1, 19305'10"172Montreal OrphunsMontreal, QC 16
62Roger SavoieTJuly 29, 19316'0"230Winnipeg Rods Jr.St. Boniface, MB 16
Carver ShannonHB/KApril 28, 19386'1"198Southern IllinoisCorinth, MS USA4
21Charlie ShepardFB/PJuly 11, 19336'2"215North TexasDallas, TX USA100
10Dick ThorntonDBNovember 1, 19396'0"185NorthwesternChicago, IL 40
44Gar WarrenC/LBMay 19, 19356'1"220North TexasBomarton, TX 13
65Mike WrightTJune 13, 19386'3"235MinnesotaMinneapolis, MN 16


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