Brett Cameron to don Dad's old No. 6

Brett Cameron (right), the son of CFL legend Bob Cameron (left), was signed to a contract by the...

Brett Cameron (right), the son of CFL legend Bob Cameron (left), was signed to a contract by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wed., March 6, 2013. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

A few years ago Bombers equipment manager Brad Fotty said if it were up to him he would never assign any of the team's unofficial retired numbers to a new player.

An exception is going to be made this year.

Rookie punter Brett Cameron will don No. 6 in training camp, which just so happens to be the same digit worn by his father, Bob. The elder Cameron spent 23 seasons with the Bombers, and no one has worn his No. 6 since he retired a decade ago.

Until now. And the old man is fine with it.

"Brad Fotty was talking to him, and I just said to Brett it would be great if he wore my number," Cameron said. "And he goes, 'Sure.' That's all it was."

The Bombers have six unofficial retired numbers, which are passed down from equipment manager to equipment manager. In addition to the No. 6 of Cameron's, No. 11 (Kenny Ploen), No. 28 (Jeff Nicklin), No. 75 (Tommy Lumsden), No. 85 (Milt Stegall) and No. 63 (Chris Walby) are off limits.


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