Former Blue Bombers’ defensive lineman Doug Brown headlines new B.C. Football Hall of Fame class

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The B.C. Football Hall of Fame will welcome a new class of inductees on Saturday, Sept. 24 ahead of the B.C. Lions game against the Calgary Stampeders. The induction ceremony was previously cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited finally be able to induct our latest Class of 2022,” said B.C. Football Hall of Fame CEO Tom Malone in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to the B.C. Lions Football Club, team owner Amar Doman and president Rick LeLacheur, for being a tremendous partner for us and for hosting us once again for our induction ceremony.”

Doug Brown is the most well-known name to football fans across the country following an eleven-year career as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2001-11). He recorded 429 tackles and 52 sacks with the team and was named a CFL all-star seven times, the second-most all-time by a defensive tackle.

The six-foot-eight, 290-pound defender was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2001 following a three-year stint in the NFL with Buffalo and Washington. A native of New Westminster, B.C. and a product of Simon Fraser University, Brown was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Other players being inducted include former B.C. Lions’ defensive back Neal Beaumont, former UBC Thunderbirds’ defensive back Mark Norman, and UBC Thunderbirds’ receiver Mike Bellefontaine.

Dr. Bob McCormack will receive the Bob Ackles CFL Award along with his induction after over 30 years with the B.C. Lions. He currently serves as the club’s head physician and has a resume including ten Olympic Games as part of the Canadian Olympic Medical Team.

Others being inducted include the late Frank Rigney in the media category, Jerry Mulliss and Paul Shortt in the builders’ category, the St. Thomas More Knights Grade 8 program in the team category, and the late Dr. Frank Lodato as a special award recipient.