Fulbright was a character: Bombers

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:29 AM ET

Despite a short stay in Winnipeg, his former teammates still have fond memories of the ex-Blue Bomber defensive back whose life was snuffed out too soon.

Gabriel Fulbright, 27, was gunned down outside a conveni sence store in Dallas, Texas, at 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

“That’s tragic, man,” Bomber centre Obby Khan responded Monday. “I played with him for two years and knew him pretty well. He always joked around. He was a real funny guy in the locker room and he had all those gold teeth.

“He was really a nice guy. For a defensive back, he went out of his way to make jokes with the O-line. I really enjoyed his company. His life was cut short, that’s tragic.”

Fulbright reportedly had an nine-month-old daughter named Gabrielle.

“That’s really sad,” Khan said.

“I used to call him ‘Light Bright’ because of all those gold teeth,” said Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown. “Gabriel was a very animated player, very enthusiastic. He was one of the few guys from the States who really enjoyed his time here. He loved being here in Winnipeg.

“And he was a very entertaining personality. He was just a character. He was never upset or sad. My condolences go out to his family.”

Fulbright played only nine games for the Bombers in 2006 and 2007, recording two defensive tackles and one special teams tackle. He also returned five punts for 13 yards and one kickoff for 21. The Bombers released him in July of 2007, but not before he impressed his Winnipeg teammates. Former Bomber slotback Milt Stegall once deemed him the club’s purest athlete.

“Best pure athlete? I’d have to say Gabriel Fulbright,” Stegall once told the Winnipeg Sun. “I can give you one example. Before (a game in Montreal), he tore his meniscus before pre-game even started. He shouldn’t have even been playing in the game. The fact he went out there and played the entire game, played special teams, shows that he’s a pretty special athlete.”

Fulbright was also considered one of the best dancers on the team.

“Do him justice,” Khan urged. “It will probably be the last time anyone writes about him.”

According to early reports, Dallas detectives did not have a description of the suspect and were unaware of any motive for the killing.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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