Blue get kick start

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

It’s the two kickers, together again in blue and gold.

But this time Bob Cameron and Trevor Kennerd won’t be booting the leather off the football on the field.

Rather, they’ll be sitting in upholstered chairs around the boardroom table, tackling budgets and strategic plans as members of the Blue Bombers board of directors.

Cameron and Kennerd were voted onto the board Wednesday, raising the all-important question: will Cameron, the longtime punter who makes his real living renovating and selling houses and who used to show up for practice wearing work jeans and covered in drywall dust, be able to show up at meetings the same way?

“That wasn’t my first question, actually,” Cameron told the Sun. “I’ll be waiting to see on that one.”

Truth is, with the condition of the stadium, leaky roof and all, he might just be needed in his blue-collar capacity.

“I’m still in pretty good shape on the drywalling aspect of it,” Cameron cracked. “I could fix the boardroom.”

All kidding aside, getting former players involved in the board is a great idea, one that began with the addition of Joe Poplawski and Paul Robson a few years back.

The presence of those two, particularly Robson, also a former CFL GM, were critical in steering the Bombers through their leadership transition this past off-season, when the departure of CEO Lyle Bauer left a huge void at the helm.

Somewhere along the line, the powers that be determined having football people on the board of a football team is a good idea.

Robson and Joe Pop are leaving their posts to concentrate on full-time jobs, so there was room for two more.

“I was pretty flattered, that they’d think highly enough of me,” Cameron said. “Obviously I’m pretty committed to the Blue Bombers after all the years I played. This would be quite an interesting step for me. See how the other side of it works.”

Cameron was a modern marvel when he played, laying his boot to the ball for 23 seasons, retiring in 2002 at the age of 48.

“It’s a pretty exciting time for the Bombers,” he said. “A new stadium on the horizon, the transition to private ownership, all that stuff. It’d be pretty neat, and something different than I’m used to in my day-to-day life. I would love to be there and maybe put my two bits in and help out the situation, if I can.”

Kennerd, a field goal kicker who would have made Charles Roberts look tall, played 12 seasons, 1980-91, setting a Bomber career record for scoring, since eclipsed by Troy Westwood.

“It is an opportunity to give back,” Kennerd said. “I’ve been a fan of the league since 1965. It’s been a passion of mine, and a Blue Bomber passion since 1980. I would do the very best job I can.”

One of the first things Kennerd told board member Gene Dunn when he got the invitation was that bringing two kickers on board might result in some ridicule.

“But some of the most intelligent football players are kickers,” Kennerd argued. “Not because our IQs are any higher than anybody else’s. We just have a lot of time to think. You are a personnel expert, you’re the offensive co-ordinator — you know everything.”

These two already know which way the Bombers should go at the quarterback position.

“We’ve already talked about the possibility of the club signing Buck Pierce,” Kennerd said. “And we’re both in favour of that.”

Great, next thing you know they’ll want to run the offence, too.

Anybody else for kicking on second down?

Contact Paul at paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca or 632-2788.


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