Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Doug Brown and KidSport Winnipeg have teamed up again to put on the fourth annual KidSport football camp.
Taking place on Saturday, April 20, the camp will be for any athlete who received funding from KidSport in order to play football in 2012. Brown, along with current and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber players, will teach kids the technical aspects involved in football while also providing examples of other important skills such as leadership, practice, hard work, dedication and self-confidence.
“This is a great opportunity to continue to engage with the community and serve as a role model to Winnipeg’s aspiring young athletes,” Brown said. “It also gives these kids the chance to learn some of the finer points of football from professional athletes, which is something that not many ever get the opportunity to do.”
Recently-retired Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown will be inducted into the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame on June 18.
Brown will join former Winnipeg Football Club presidents Ken Matchett and Reg Low for the induction at the 2012 Legacy Dinner.
“It’s a tremendous honour to take a place amongst so many accomplished players and builders that have come through the years in the history of this program,” Brown said Wednesday while addressing media. “It’s overwhelming. You feel overwhelmed that you’re still part of the family, and you feel like you never did enough to give back with all of the accolades you receive on behalf of the club.”
“We are very excited to be inducting three very worthy members of our Blue Bomber family into the Hall of Fame,” said Blue Bomber president and CEO Garth Buchko. “Both Ken and Reg were excellent examples of how to successfully oversee the Winnipeg Football Club during their tenures as president, and Doug has just wrapped up a career in which he cemented himself as a true Canadian Football legend.”
Tickets to the dinner, being held at Canad Inns Polo Park, can be purchased by calling the Blue Bomber office at (204) 784-2583.
— With files from Darrin Bauming Updated at 4:45 p.m. to include video
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Doug Brown isn’t straying far from football since retiring, he’ll be hosting his own KidSport Football Camp on Saturday.
Participants in the camp, being held at the indoor soccer complex at the University of Manitoba, are athletes who received funding from KidSport in 2011 in order to play football.
About 80 kids will take part, along with guidance from current Blue Bombers Obby Khan, Steve Morley, Kelly Butler, Chris Greaves, Glenn January, Marcellus Bowman and Mike Renaud.
The camp will not only showcase instruction and drills from a number of professional football players concerning the fundamentals of football, but a testing combine similar to that of which is employed at NFL and CFL evaluation camps.
One of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ most outstanding and reliable defensive forces to ever dawn the Blue and Gold has decided to hang up his cleats.
Doug Brown, an 11-year Canadian Football League veteran who played every one of his 188 career games with the Blue Bombers, announced his retirement at Canad Inns Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The New Westminster, British Columbia native kick-started his CFL career 2001 after originally being selected fifth overall out of Simon Fraser University in the 1997 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. After four years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, Calgary traded the 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive tackle to the Blue Bombers after he missed the 2000 season due to injury.
Despite never capturing a CFL Championship, with Grey Cup appearances in 2001, 2007, and 2011, Brown’s Hall of Fame credentials cannot be overlooked. The CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2001 was named a divisional all-star eight times (2001-2002, 2006-2011), a CFL all-star seven times (2001-2002, 2006-2010).
Brown sits second all-time among Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 429 career tackles, and third all-time with 52 quarterback sacks.
Even with the capture of all the individual accolades a professional athlete could hope for, Brown tributes his career achievements and retirement decision to a man he and his teammates lost tragically in July of this past year.
“I met Richard Harris (defensive line and assistant head coach) in 2002,” Brown said. “2006 was the first year we were able to work together. I have to say 2006, 2007, 2008 were probably the three best years I had as a professional athlete, NFL or CFL, and that was all due to the handiwork of this gentleman.
“We had developed such a relationship, we actually made a promise to one another, a pact between us, that we’d started our careers together… at the same time, and that we should end them together. He always told me that he didn’t want to coach a defensive line group that I wasn’t a part of, and I always told him that I didn’t want to play for anybody that was coaching me that wasn’t him. That’s the extent and the strength of our relationship we had as the seasons progressed.”
“I just want to honour him. My tenure, my legacy in Winnipeg is tied to his and what he did for this football club. I think it’s fitting and appropriate that 2011 was both of our best seasons.”
Defensive tackle Doug Brown is hanging up the cleats with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Coming as a surprise to almost no one in the football community, Brown made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference at Canad Inns Stadium.
The 37-year-old spent 11 seasons with the Blue Bombers, playing his entire CFL career with the Blue and Gold.
Asked on November 28, 2011 upon returning from a loss at the 99th Grey Cup in Vancouver if he’d play one more season, Brown told media (01:30):
“There’s nothing I’d rather do. I love the game. It’s what I’ve done for the last 15 years. But unfortunately, there’s some things that leave you that disagree with my mental state in terms of how I feel about the game. Physically, I just don’t know if I can withstand another season.”
Brown played in 188 regular season games with the Blue Bombers, and was named a CFL All-Star seven times, a divisional All-Star eight times and was honoured as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2001.
“Having worked with him on different occasions, I could say without a doubt there is no better pro than Doug Brown,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “He will be missed on the field for everything he was able to accomplish, but more importantly, he will be missed off the field for how he handled himself in the community throughout the province of Manitoba.”
Brown will join the CFL on TSN’s studio panel during the upcoming season, where he’ll be filling in on a swing basis.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Doug Brown and KidSport Manitoba are hosting the third annual KidSport football camp on Saturday, April 7.
The camp will be open to any athlete who received funding from KidSport to play football in 2011.
Current and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber players Obby Khan, Mike Renaud, Glenn January, Marcellus Bowman, Steve Morley, Chris Greaves and Kelly Butler will join Brown in teaching kids the technical aspects involved in football while also providing examples of other important skills such as leadership, practice, hard work, dedication and self-confidence.
“This is a great opportunity to continue to give back to the community and serve as a role model to Winnipeg’s aspiring young athletes,” Brown said in a release. “It also gives these kids the chance to learn some of the finer points of football from professional athletes, which is something that not many ever get the opportunity to do.”