Episode 13: James Murphy


The first season of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Podcast concludes with Winnipeg Blue Bombers legend, James Murphy!

Before playing in the CFL, Murphy had an incredible career at Utah State which led to him being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1981. After being cut by the Vikings, Murphy joined the Kansas City Chiefs for the ’81 season where he played kick returner. Despite a solid season, the Chiefs didn’t bring Murphy back for the 1982 campaign. Murphy, who was on the Bombers’ radar for several years, signed with the team prior to the ’83 season.

In his eight seasons with the Blue and Gold, Murphy had 573 receptions for 9036 yards and 61 touchdowns. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion, helping the Bombers win the league title in 1984, 1988 and 1990. In the ’88 Grey Cup, Murphy was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player. However, the best season of Murphy’s career came in 1986 when he was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player as he hauled in 116 passes for 1746 yards and 12 touchdowns.

On this episode, we talked about growing up in DeLand, Florida idolizing the Miami Dolphins, why he went to Utah State, his time in the NFL with the Vikings and Chiefs, how he ended up in the CFL with the Bombers, expecting to see igloos on his first trip up to Winnipeg, winning the Grey Cup, winning the ’86 Most Outstanding Player Award, why he retired and remained in Winnipeg after hanging up the cleats, comparing his career to Milt Stegall, and much more!




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