Rushing record is news to Lewis

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Leo Lewis has been out of the loop.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' all-time rushing leader had no idea that he still owned the club's top mark until contacted by Sun Media earlier this week.

Lewis, known as the Lincoln Locomotive, rushed for 8,861 yards between 1955 and 1966.

"When (Bomber alumni liaison Cathy Garski) called me today, I just did not understand that that was a record in the first place," Lewis said Monday from his hometown of Columbia, Mo. "I thought that record was broken 10 years, 20 years ago."

The record, in fact, wasn't even scared in 41 years, but now it's about to fall, as tailback Charles Roberts needs just 157 yards to move past Lewis.

"When they told me about it, I said, 'Oh, good,' because records are made to be broken," Lewis said. "And no record should stand for 40-something years. I don't care what kind of record it is.

"But I feel real good for him, and I hope he breaks it the next game out."

Roberts' next crack at overtaking Lewis is Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium against the Toronto Argonauts. Roberts has topped the 100-yard mark in his last four regular-season games against the Argos.

Lewis, 74, figured someone would have blown past him by now.

"Usually records on teams are like 16,000 or 12,000," he said. "... This really surprised me, even though I hadn't gotten any notice years before this."

The tracking of records back in Lewis's era just didn't happen, unlike today when pursuits like Milt Stegall's touchdown record and Roberts' club rushing mark are big news.

"Really, they never told me I had the record," Lewis said. "I don't know whose record I broke. I really don't."


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