Congratulations to Bob Irving on being inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall Of Fame!
The 2 other inductees are dominant defensive lineman John Helton and former stand out Offensive Lineman Bob Molle.
Bob will will be honoured at the Hall of Fame Legacy Dinner on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016. The Blue Bombers’ annual Hall of Fame game precedes the celebration, with the football club playing host to the Toronto Argonauts at Investors Group Field on Saturday, September 17th.
Bob ‘Knuckles’ Irving began his broadcasting career in Estevan, SK, moved to Brandon in 1970, and joined CJOB in Winnipeg in 1973 where he instantly became part of the Bombers broadcast crew.
A humble and classy sort, Irving is being inducted in the builder category as his service to the football club goes far beyond his capacity as the play-by-play voice.
He was induced into the Football Reporters of Canada wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997, had the press box at Investors Group Field – the Bob Irving Media Centre – named in his honour in 2013, and was made a member of the Order of Manitoba, a civilian honour for ‘merit in the province’ in 2014. In 2015, Irving was honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award. Irving is also a member of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Media Roll of Honour (1995).
“I’m somewhat taken aback with this,” said Irving. “But I’m very flattered, humbled and quite honoured that the club would think that highly of me to give me this kind of special award.”