The select few

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

This is the sixth in the series of The Sun's top 75 Blue Bombers of all time. Here are Nos. 25-16:

* 25. Russ (Wisconsin Wraith) Rebholz, QB (1933-38) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer, who threw TD passes to Joe Perpich and Bud Marquardt when Winnipeg won its first Grey Cup in 1935. One of the first two imports to play in Winnipeg.

* 24. Jack (Indian Jack) Jacobs (deceased), QB/DB/P (1950-54) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer, who was a two-time western all-star QB. He re-wrote Western Canada passing records at the time and popularized the CFL game so much locally that the city built Winnipeg Stadium, then known as "The House that Jack Built." There was also an infamous incident with the late Cactus Jack Wells aboard a train but the two made their peace afterward.

* 23. Paul Bennett, S/KR (1980-83) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer who holds the club mark for career punt return yards (2,819) on 264 returns (third on club), and is fifth in career interception return yards (437). He was a two-time divisional and one-time CFL all-star and won the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian in 1983. Bennett, who also played for Toronto and Hamilton, is still second on both the CFL's all-time punt return yardage (6,358) and returns (659) lists.

* 22. Gerry (Kid Dynamite) James, RB/KR/PK (1952-63) is a CFL Hall of Famer who is fifth on the all-time club rushing list while sharing the backfield with the likes of the legendary Leo Lewis and Charlie Shepard. He leads club in most career rushing TDs (57) and most in a single season (18, which is tied for second-most ever in the CFL). James still holds CFL marks most career playoff kickoff return yards (805), kickoff return yards in a single season (263) and career kickoff return touchdowns (three). He was the first Bomber to win Schenley for top Canadian (1957).

* 21. Buddy Tinsley, OL/DL (1950-60) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer known for Mud Bowl incident when legend has it that he almost swallowed his tongue in mud puddle on field (which he later denied it) during a Grey Cup game and had to be saved by referee Hec Crighton. Tinsley was the team captain and an eight-time all-star as a two-way tackle -- five on offence.

* 20. Bill Frank, OL (1970-76) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer who started with B.C. and Toronto before landing in Winnipeg. He was a four-time CFL all-star as Bomber.

* 19. (Tricky) Dick Thornton, DB/QB/KR (1961-66) is a Bomber Hall of Famer who holds the club record for most interception return TDs in one season (three) and tied for most in one game (two) with James Jefferson. He was a three-time divisional and two-time CFL all-star who was famous for the quote, "The only good thing about Winnipeg are the roads leading out of town," after he was traded to Toronto.

* 18. Dave (The Knife) Raimey, RB (1965-69) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer who is tied with Willard Reaves for second in second-most yards in single Bomber game (221). He had two 1,000-yard seasons and is one of only four Bomber running backs with a 200-yard game to their credit. Raimey is tied with Tom Casey for second-longest rushing gain in club history, 100; second in career kickoff return yards (2,864) and average (27.02). The Bomber Hall of Famer was also a four-time divisional and one-time CFL all-star. He was traded to Toronto where he was converted to defensive back.

* 17. Less Browne, CB (1989-91) is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer who holds the CFL career records for most interceptions (87), most career interception return yards (1,508) and most interception return yards in one season (273). Browne, who also played for Hamilton and Ottawa, also holds the Bomber record for most interceptions in one season (14), just one off the CFL record. He was a two-time CFL all-star with Winnipeg.

* 16. Rod (Sybil) Hill, CB (1988-92) is a Bomber Hall of Famer who was a three-time divisional and two-time CFL all-star. He holds club marks for most career interception returns (47) and the career record for most blocked kicks (8). Hill also holds the CFL record for the most interceptions in one game (5).


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