Eight Bombers named all-stars

Blue Bombers' Doug Brown at Canad Inns Stadium during team practice in Winnipeg. (QMI Agency)

Blue Bombers' Doug Brown at Canad Inns Stadium during team practice in Winnipeg. (QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:33 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had eight East Division all-stars on Thursday, and among them safety Ian Logan was the one a lot of people wearing Blue and Gold really felt good about.

Doug Brown is a division all-star every year it seems (he was again this year in his final campaign), so Logan’s nod — the first of his six-year career — even got him singled out by head coach Paul LaPolice.

“Ian Logan is very deserving of that award, watching him in the last couple of years,” LaPolice said. “He was banged up a little bit last year, but this year we’re putting him in a position to be real successful, and when he’s had opportunities to make plays on the ball he has.”

Logan, who earlier on Thursday was cleared to play in next Sunday’s East Final after having his appendix removed last week, was grinning from ear to ear after hearing the news.

“It’s been four years since I’ve been starting,” said Logan, who had four interceptions in 17 games this season. “Honestly, it feels good. I wasn’t necessarily expecting it, but I’m obviously pretty happy about it.

“I felt like I had a much better overall year this year, and it just keeps on getting better.”

Logan and Brown, who got his eighth division all-star honour, were two of five players on Winnipeg’s league-leading defence who were recognized. Cornerback Jovon Johnson, the East Division’s most outstanding defensive player, was an easy choice, as was halfback Jonathan Hefney. Meanwhile, defensive end Odell Willis picked up the first all-star nod of his career for his 13 sacks, even though he lost his starting job at the end of the season.

On the other side of the ball, slotback Terrence Edwards and left guard Brendon LaBatte earned their third all-star selections, while right tackle Glenn January picked up his first.

No team in the East had more all-stars than the Bombers. The B.C. Lions, who are the Grey Cup favourites right now, led the league with 12 division all-stars. The Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes both had seven in the East, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had five.

Brown plans on retiring after this season, even though he’s still playing at a level high enough to be honoured by the Football Reporters of Canada, the eight CFL head coaches and the fans, who all had roles in the voting.

“It’s nice to be recognized as a contributing member of a defence that’s done some pretty good things this year, but it’s important to remember we’re a defence by committee,” Brown said. “So guys like (Bryant Turner) and (Jason) Vega and Donny (Oramasionwu), those guys need their props for the work they did this year.

“I still feel I have an ability to contribute and play this game, but it’s better to leave than be left.”


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