Brown triple crown

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Doug Brown became a triple threat in the most outstanding player categories for the first time in Blue Bombers history yesterday.

It is also believed to be the first time in CFL history.

The veteran Winnipeg defensive tackle was nominated as the club's top Canadian for the sixth time in eight years, the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second time AND as the Most Outstanding Player, for the first time.

"I think you guys have upset the delicate nature of the universe by giving so many awards to a nose tackle," Brown responded. "I'm not going to pretend that it wasn't a collusion of circumstances that didn't afford me that opportunity, just with guys getting hurt and having partial seasons, and major trades of star players."

"So, it's a tremendous honour and I'm really flattered but I'm not deluding myself. I don't have any delusions that in any other year or circumstances that the result might have been different."

Of course, picking a defensive guy does reflect on the struggles on the offensive side of the ball.

"Doug is a deserving winner in those three areas, although I feel we had other good options (especially on defence)," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

"We've got a lot of talented players on offence right now," added Brown. "We're starting to get a glimmer of what these guys are capable of and were it not for some injuries and some trades and some difficulties we encountered earlier in the year, it would be a no-brainer to give it to any number of guys on this team -- guys like (receiver) Romby Bryant and any of our talented backs or one of our pivots."

Despite being double- and triple-teamed for most games, Brown managed to record 41 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks -- second on the team -- and a fumble recovery.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again, Doug is the best defensive player and the best Canadian in the league, without a doubt," said veteran offensive lineman Obby Khan. "He's a force to be reckoned with. I went up against him a couple of times when I was in Ottawa and I hated it."

While Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo is expected to be named Eastern MOP, the defensive nod will likely be between Alouettes defensive lineman Keron Williams and Brown.

"It never hurts when a guy like (linebacker) Barrin (Simpson) goes down for the season when it comes to your prospects of winning an award like that," said the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Coquitlam, B.C. native.

Brown suggested that defensive back/linebacker Kelly Malveaux, defensive lineman Jerome Haywood, defensive end Gavin Walls and linebacker Zeke Moreno also deserved consideration.

Brown, 34, won the top Canuck honour back in 2001 and made it to the finals the last two years. Montreal's Ben Cahoon, however, is the favourite to win the East.

Brown is realistic about his chances this go-round.

"I know that it should go hand-in-hand with how your team has done," he said. "We finished second in the East but Montreal is going to be tough to beat in terms of their guys who have really impacted their season to make it as spectacular as it's been for them. So, I am certainly in tough with them, as well as players from Toronto and Hamilton."


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