All-Time Blue Bomber Runningback #5
Willard Reaves 1983-1987
The 1984 CFL Most Outstanding Player as well as a three-time rushing leader & a three-time CFL All-Star in his five seasons. Grey Cup champion, 1984.
All-Time Blue Bomber Runningback #4
Andrew Harris 2016-2021
A three-time CFL rushing leader in his first four seasons in Blue & Gold, Harris climbed the ranks of the greatest backs in team history when he helped lead a surprising (& convincing) pummeling of the heavily favored Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2019 Grey Cup. Harris' 134 rushing yard, two touchdown performance resulted in him becoming the first player in Grey Cup history to be named both Outstanding Player & Outstanding Canadian. A five-time CFL All-Star (twice with BC, three times with the Bombers) Harris won the first of his two Grey Cups with the Lions in 2011. The CFL's All-Time leading rusher amongst Canadian-born players.
All-Time Blue Bomber Runningback #3
Charles Roberts 2001-2008
The Bombers' All-Time leader with 9,987 rushing yards, most 1000 yard rushing seasons (6) & #2 all-time with 79 career touchdowns. A seven-time CFL All-Star from 2001 to 2007, from 2002 through 2007, Roberts averaged 1475 rushing yards & nearly 10 tds on the ground per season. A two-time CFL Rushing Leader (2005-2006).
All-time Blue Bomber Runningback #2, All-time Blue Bomber Player #3
Melvin "Fritz" Hanson 1935-1946
A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall Of Fame & western Canada's first football superstar.
In 1935, Hanson almost single-handedly delivered Winnipeg the first championship victory by a western team with more than 300 yards in punt returns in the Grey Cup. Often overlooked is his follow-up performance in the 1939 Grey Cup, a 8-7 Winnipeg victory over Ottawa where he ran for 126 yards and "pitched-in" with his teams' only completed forward pass.
Hanson won his third Grey Cup with the Bombers in 1941 & capped his legendary career with a fourth in 1948 as a member of the undefeated Calgary Stampeders.
All-Time Blue Bomber Runningback #1, All-Time Blue Bomber Player #1b
Leo Lewis 1955-1966
Bud Grant called him the best player he had ever coached.
Kenny Ploen said "he was a quarterbacks' best friend".
A six-time Western All-Star & four-time Grey Cup champion, Lewis was the MVP in the Bombers 1962 Fog Bowl triumph over Hamilton.
Along with Roughrider legend George Reed, in 1993 he was one of the two runningbacks named to the CFL's All-Time All-Star team. A 2014 fan-poll conducted by TSN Radio & the Winnipeg Free Press resulted in Lewis winning both greatest runningback AND greatest kick returner in franchise history. Along with Charles Roberts, TSN selected Lewis to it's All-Time Blue Bombers team in 2020. While Roberts bested his 8,861 rushing yard total, Lewis' career 6.6 yard per carry average remains the team standard and is second only to Willie Fleming's 7.1 ypc in CFL history. To this day, Lewis' career 29.1 yard average per kick return remains the highest in league history.