Once a Bomber always a Bomber

CHAD SCARSBROOK -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

When you think of David Black, you can't help but think of the good ol' days of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Black, an offensive lineman for the Blue from 1985-1994, played in four Grey Cups with Winnipeg and won two.

Today, Black still lives in the city and is a national business development manager for the automotive division of 3M.

"I love it," Black said. "I've been there seven years and it's been a real treat to travel all over North America negotiating deals. You get to stay in hotels and you don't wake up sore in the morning."

Black was drafted by the Bombers out of Wilfrid Laurier University in the third round of the 1984 college draft. He would play 167 regular season games for Winnipeg and 15 playoff games. He was a three-time East Division all-star and was inducted into the Bombers Hall of Fame in 2004. But when reflecting on his career, the team and individual accomplishments don't immediately come to mind.

"I think about the guys I played with," said Black.

"Guys like Chris Walby and Stan Mikawos are still great friends. You reflect back not so much about games but the moments you shared with all these guys. But winning championships are great memories and every time you get together with the guys, the stories grow larger than life."

And there are plenty of stories. Black said there are a couple of moments he remembers most about his time in the CFL.

"The 1988 Grey Cup that we won -- that was the season we weren't supposed to do anything," Black recalled of the Bombers' 22-21 win over B.C. "It was a tight game and was exciting right until the last play."

One of the other moments Black could never forget was a record-shattering day against Edmonton at Winnipeg Stadium.

"Matt Dunigan threw for 713 yards, it was a pretty amazing day," he said. "He lit up the skies that day."

Today, Black tries to go to as many Bombers games as he can, work schedule permitting.

"You just hope everything shakes out for them," said Black. "You always want them to do well."

Although many professional athletes have difficulties making the transition to a new job once their playing career is over, Black said he didn't have a problem.

"It's probably because I started my career earlier in business," he said. "I worked the entire time I played. Working full-time out of the gate afforded me the opportunity to play a kids' game until I was 35. It's been really nice not having to make a decision on work other than by choice."

Black, with his wife Kim, have three children -- Kate, Tom and Samantha.

"I had a great time playing in Winnipeg," said Black.

"The fans always made it a phenomenal place to play. I'm excited to see Winnipeg take the Grey Cup to the next level. I know Manitobans do it right and they'll take it a step above what we've seen over the last few years."


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