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John Bonk bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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John Bonk

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1972, 1973

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1973 - 1985

Awards and Honours

Western All-Star Centre
1982 - 1985 (4)

Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Star Centre
1982 - 1985 (4)

Demarco-Becket Memorial trophy
1983, 1984 (2)

Schenly Award for Most Outstanding Lineman
1984 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1984 (1)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1984 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Never missed a game in his career.

John Bonk's pro-football career began with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats invited him to training camp in 1972. Although most of his play that first season was with their developmental team in Kitchener, Ontario he played every game at Linebacker in the 1973 season until he was traded to Winnipeg in October.

Bonk started at Linebacker with the Blue Bombers, but switched to Centre, the position he played for the rest of his career. He did not miss a regular season game between 1973 and 1985 (202 games), when a neck injury sidelined him and eventually led him to retire from football following the 1985 season.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008 as a player.

Class of 2008

John BonkMichael ClemonsDoug FlutieMike PringleTom Shepherd

Football Reporters of Canada

Tony ProudfootHerb Zurkowsky

Bonk, John
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