The two-time defending Grey Cup champions are embarking on a three-peat attempt in 2022. While Winnipeg certainly has a target on its back, it also returns much of its championship roster and remains the favorite in both the West and to win the 109th Grey Cup behind an offense that ranked second in yards and points per game in 2021.
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2022 Winnipeg Blue Bombers schedule
|Week 1||Friday, June 10||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. Ottawa|
|Week 2||Friday, June 17||7:30 p.m. ET||@ Ottawa|
|Week 3||Friday, June 24||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. Hamilton|
|Week 4||Monday, July 4||7:30 p.m. ET||@ Toronto|
|Week 5||Saturday, July 9||7 p.m. ET||@ BC Lions|
|Week 6||Friday, July 15||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. Calgary|
|Week 7||Friday, July 22||9 p.m. ET||@ Edmonton|
|Week 8||Saturday, July 30||7 p.m. ET||@ Calgary|
|Week 9||Thursday, August 4||7: 30 p.m. ET||@ Montreal|
|Week 10||Thursday, August 11||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. Montreal|
|Week 12||Thursday, August 25||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. Calgary|
|Week 13||Sunday, September 4||6 p.m. ET||@ Saskatchewan|
|Week 14||Saturday, September 10||5 p.m. ET||vs. Saskatchewan|
|Week 15||Saturday, September 17||4 p.m. ET||@ Hamilton|
|Week 17||Friday, September 30||8 p.m. ET||vs. Saskatchewan|
|Week 18||Saturday, October 8||7 p.m. ET||vs. Edmonton|
|Week 19||Saturday, October 15||10 p.m. ET||@ BC Lions|
|Week 21||Friday, October 28||8:30 p.m. ET||vs. BC Lions|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers team facts
- Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Stadium: IG Field (2013-present; capacity: 33,000)
- Year Founded: 1930
- Grey Cup Titles: 12 (1935, 1939, 1941, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1984, 1988, 1990, 2019, 2021)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers history
The history of the Blue Bombers franchise dates back to 1930, when the team was notably founded as the Winnipeg Rugby Football Club. The “Rugby” was eventually dropped from the official team name, leaving Winnipeg Football Club as the legal organization name still in use today.
There’s a rich championship tradition in Winnipeg as the Blue Bombers, winners of the last two Grey Cups, boast a total of 12 CFL titles overall. No team has made more Grey Cup appearances than the Bombers’ 26, and this franchise also holds the distinction of being the first Western Canada team to win the league championship after a win over the then-Hamilton Tigers in 1935.
The team was still commonly known as the “Winnipegs” at the time of that win, but a local sports writer’s labeling of them as the “Blue Bombers of Western football” led to the current nickname.
There’s a pair of individual statistical professional football milestones that were set by a Blue Bombers player. Quarterback Jack Jacobs, who played six NFL seasons before heading north, became the first pro football signal-caller in any North American league to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark when he racked up 3,248 in 1951, as well as the first to vault the 30-touchdown mark when he compiled 33 that same season.
The Bombers have had a number of accomplished head coaches at the helm over their history, perhaps none more than Bud Grant, who is in both the CFL and NFL Hall of Fame. Grant coached the Blue Bombers from 1957-1966, winning the Grey Cup four times during his tenure following a successful four-year run as a player with the franchise. Grant also coached the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings for 18 seasons, winning one NFL title and three NFC championships.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-time leaders
The Blue Bombers’ team history is replete with a multitude of impressive individual accomplishments, and there are a total of 41 former Winnipeg players in the CFL Hall of Fame.
For a closer look at the all-time franchise leaders in a variety of categories, check out the list below:
- Games Played: Bob Cameron (394, 1980-2002)
- Total Touchdowns: Milt Stegall (147, 1995-2008)
- Receiving Touchdowns: Milt Stegall (144, 1995-2008)
- Rushing Touchdowns: Charles Roberts (64, 2001-2008)
- Passing Yards: Dieter Brock (29,623; 1974-1983)
- Passing Touchdowns: Dieter Brock (187; 1974-1983)
- Rushing Yards: Charles Roberts (9,987; 2001-2008)
- Receptions: Milt Stegall (854; 1995-2008)
- Receiving Yards: Milt Stegall (15,153; 1995-2008)
- Interceptions: Rod Hill (47; 1988-1992)
- Tackles: Greg Battle (607; 1987-1993 & 1997-1998)
- Sacks: Tyrone Jones (98; 1983-1991)
- Field Goals: Troy Westwood (617; 1991-2007, 2009)
- Coaching Victories: Bud Grant (90; 1958-1966)