Winnipeg loses legendary Tinsley

"WINNIPEG Blue Bombers legend Robert (Buddy) Tinsley, forever part of CFL folklore for his appearance in the Mud Bowl, has died at the age of 87.

The offensive lineman and Canadian Football Hall of Famer played for the Bombers from 1950 to 1960, making five Grey Cup appearances and winning two of them -- '58 and '59.

Bombers president Jim Bell called Tinsley one of Winnipeg's "past heroes" in announcing his death Thursday.

"Buddy was a tremendous player on the football field and was an important member of this organization's rich history," Bell said in the statement. "He will be remembered as not only a great football player, but as a great individual."

The seven-time western all-star was named team captain for 10 of his 11 seasons and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Bombers' Hall of Fame in 1984."

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For you younger fans, the Grey Cup is a trophy awarded to the best team in the CFL during the playoffs.

...One of the all time greats for the Bombers...When i started taking this game seriously as a youngster Tinsley was one of the names i automatically associated with 'Bombers'...He was a great guy to have on the field in the late fifties ...That was about the time this team started to put together a perennial winner...You were a good one Buddy...RIP...