Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea honoured by hometown of North Bay

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea is going to be forever immortalized in his hometown of North Bay, Ontario.

The local city council recently voted unanimously to name the football field at the local Steve Omischl Sports Complex after the Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker.

“He’s very deserving and just a humble guy. I can’t say enough about how humble he is.” said councilor Marcus Tignanelli told MyNorthBayNow.

O’Shea was previously inducted into the North Bay Hall of Fame as well.

During his playing days, O’Shea suited up for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts and won three Grey Cups in 1996, 1997 and 2004. O’Shea would win another as an assistant with Toronto in 2012 before winning his first as a head coach with Winnipeg last season.

O’Shea was named the league’s most outstanding rookie in 1993, and most outstanding Canadian in 1999. He was also a three-time East Division all-star and one-time CFL all-star.

The linebacker finished his career with 1,151 defensive tackles, 169 special teams tackles, 30 sacks, 22 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.

The former Guelph Gryphon was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2017.

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