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James Murphy bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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James Murphy

Playing Career

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1983 - 1990

Awards and Honours

Jeff Nicklin Memorial trophy
1986 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player
1986 (1)

All-Eastern Wide Receiver
1986 - 1989 (4)

All-Canadian Wide Receiver
1986, 1988 (2)

Ken Ploen Award for being the Blue Bombers Most Valuable Player (MVP)
1986, 1988 (2)

Grey Cup MVP
1988 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1984, 1988, 1990 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1984, 1988, 1990 (3)

Career Highlights

  • Had 6 1000-yard receiving seasons during his career.

  • 4th All-Time on the Canadian Football League (CFL) career receiving yards with 9,036 (as of 2015).

James Murphy joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in late 1982, after being cut by two National Football League (NFL) teams. James Murphy played 8 seasons with Winnipeg and established himself as the Blue Bombers all-time leading reciever.

The 1986 season proved to be Murphy's career year. He set two club records including 166 receptions for 1,746 yards and most yards gained receiving for 9,036 yards. During the 1988 season, Murphy gained over 1,400 yards pass receiving and scored 10 touchdowns. On October 16, he set another Winnipeg record with 7 receptions for 229 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

James Murphy is also a member of the Winnipeg Football Club and was inducted in 1995.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum?
"It is perhaps the greatest honor that I will achieve as an athlete. I am inducted into my high school, college, Winnipeg Football Club and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, but to be able to grace the walls of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame with the best of the best to play football in Canada is something that completes my legacy of playing the game of football as an amateur and professionally for over 25 years."--James Murphy

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2000 as a player.

Class of 2000

Danny BassHugh CampbellGrover CovingtonJames MurphyDave Raimey

Football Reporters of Canada

Peter Martin

Murphy, James
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