Lucky Whitehead was at the West Final and had a great time

Photo courtesy: Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a familiar face in the crowd for their 21-17 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West Final on Sunday.

Receiver and return specialist Lucky Whitehead, now a member of the B.C. Lions, was seated in the north end zone for the duration of the game. He took photos with fans, cheered along with the crowd, and looked like he was having a blast.

Whitehead was a member of Winnipeg’s Grey Cup-winning team in 2019, recording 52 receptions for 521 yards and two touchdowns along with a kickoff return score. Though he was a healthy scratch by the end of the season, he clearly loved his time with the Blue Bombers enough to make the trek back to Winnipeg to support them in the West Final.

The 29-year-old made this crowd shot from the team’s official Twitter account and can be seen singing and dancing with fans in the cold.

There were questions from a number of fans on Twitter regarding why Whitehead would be in Winnipeg to celebrate the team’s playoff win. He even wore a Blue Bombers toque despite being under contract with B.C. (though his contract expires in February).

Whitehead responded to Stephen Safinuk of the Piffles Podcast, explaining that he was there to support Rasheed Bailey, his friend and former roommate. Bailey ended up leading Winnipeg in receiving, notching three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Whitehead had a sensational season with the Lions, making 60 catches for 932 yards and four touchdowns. He was a legitimate candidate to the named the league’s Most Outstanding Player at the midway point of the season but suffered a broken hand in Week 9, causing him to miss almost three games.

The accessibility of players and coaches is one of the things that makes the CFL so special. A star NFL player would never watch a playoff game in the stands with fans — except maybe Rob Gronkowski — so it was special to see Whitehead having a blast in The Peg.