Hall of a memory

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:19 PM ET

HAMILTON -- So there was Greg Battle yesterday afternoon, standing in front of his bust that will live forever at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

And what was going through the legendary Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker's mind?

Winnipeg's 1990 Grey Cup victory was one thought.

Another? Homey the Clown, of course.

"I remember Tyrone (Jones) dressing up as Homey the Clown (of In Living Color fame) for my son's birthday, when he was turning two years old," Battle said following the outdoor ceremony in downtown Hamilton. "Without warning, Tyrone shows up as Homey the Clown.

"I'll tell you what: That's one of the most classic moments for my family."

That proves football is more about friendships than championships, but Battle still had plenty of accolades to reflect upon during last night's official induction dinner.

He was the CFL's defensive player of the year in 1990 and 1991, and he guided the Bombers to the Grey Cup in 1988 and 1990.

He missed the '88 victory due to a knee injury, so the '90 championship -- a 50-11 thumping of the Edmonton Eskimos -- is his fondest memory.

"That's probably one of the most complete games I've ever been a part of," said Battle, who was named the contest's top defensive player.

Several of Battle's former teammates, including current Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer, were at last night's induction dinner, which gave all of them a chance to go down memory lane.

"There was so much camaraderie with that team," Battle said. "It seemed like every weekend we'd get together for no good reason other than to be with each other. That's what made us great."

This year's other inductees are receiver Darren Flutie, offensive linemen Rocco Romano and Pierre Vercheval, and university coach Dave (Tuffy) Knight.

Battle, who lives in Phoenix with his wife Anna, is simply proud to be part of that group.

"There's only 215 people in this world can say they're a part of this alumni," he said, "so it's an honour and it's a privilege for myself."


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