HAMILTON -- The presentation sent chills down his spine.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers centre John Bonk was one of five Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees to be honoured at halftime of Friday's game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Bombers.
"Actually standing with the other inductees on the field in my hometown where I grew up and with so many of our family and friends in the stands, and seeing those busts unveiled and to see on the big screen the whole thing happening, it was an unbelievable feeling," Bonk said yesterday. "At one point, I had goosebumps running through my body."
Bonk will enter the Hall with Doug Flutie, Mike (Pinball) Clemons, Mike Pringle and builder Tom Shepherd.
"I look at the three guys I'm in with," said Bonk, who started his CFL career with the Tiger-Cats. "And I'm just privileged to have been selected. I think what you have to focus on here is the contributions that the three inductees -- Pinball, Pringle and Flutie -- have made to this league. They are probably three of the most exciting players this league has ever seen ... So that's just an honour for me to be considered in that group."
Friday night's chilling moments compare to when he cracked his first roster, Bonk said.
"The biggest highlight of my career was actually making the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in my rookie year," said Bonk, who won the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award in 1984. "You talk about all the honours. To me, the honour would have stopped at the point of my dream coming true because you know the story. I grew up in Hamilton, I worked in the stadium as a kid selling hot dogs, and I was a terrible hot dog salesman because I was more concerned about watching the game and daydreaming about what it would must like to wear the Hamilton Tiger-Cat uniform."