Former head coach Dave Ritchie heads up the 2014 class of Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame inductees.
Ritchie joins former players Tony Norman and Jim Heighton, along with ex-board member Bill Morton, as honoured Bombers.
Ritchie guided the Bombers from 1999 to 2004, posting a record of 52-44-1 and presiding over one of the most memorable regular seasons in team history, the 14-4 2001 campaign that ended with a crushing loss to 8-10 Calgary in the Grey Cup.
Three years later, he was fired and replaced mid-season by Jim Daley, capping a stint that saw him clash occasionally with team president Lyle Bauer.
But all that was forgotten when he finally got a call from Hall of Fame committee member Reg Low.
“When Reg called me he just about knocked me out of my seat,” Ritchie said, describing his reaction via telephone, Wednesday. “I’m so happy to be in, it’s unbelievable. I’m speechless.”
Norman’s reaction was similar.