Bomber great Trevor Kennerd joins us to talk about past Bomber Grey Cups. Kennerd knows a thing or two or three about Grey Cups as he has won three of them (’84, ’88, and ’90). Catch the interview below.
Ryan learned that he and Trevor Kennerd have something in common: they both played junior football for the Edmnonton Huskies.
Ryan asked Kennerd to talk about the ’84 season and the path to the Grey Cup. “In ’83 we made a trade and traded our starting quarterback Dieter Brock,” said Kennerd, “we traded Dieter to the Hamilton Tiger Cats for another great CFL quarterback in Tom Clements. It’s funny, when Clements arrived, everything just seemed to fall into place. (In ’84) we were the best team from the start of the year to the end of the year.”
Ryan asked about the ’84 Grey Cup. “We had a bit of a scare in that ’84 Grey Cup,” started Kennerd “because we were down to the Hamilton Tiger Cats 17-3 early in the second quarter. “We were all sort of looking at each other at the sidelines because we knew we were a better football team than Hamilton. The floodgates opened and I think we scored 30 points in that second quarter.”
Ryan asked how the Bombers got back into that ’84 Grey Cup. “Our defence kind of put us back in that football game,” said Kennerd. “And then the offence caught fire late in the second quarter and into the third quarter and we kind of rolled to the win.”
Kennerd talked briefly about the ’88 Grey Cup in Ottawa. “Bob Cameron had the game of his life as the punter. It might sound funny that the punter was named Canadian of the game but that’s exactly what happened in the 1988 Grey Cup. Bob wins the Canadian of the Game and we’re all wondering what kind of car he’s gonna get because the Canadian of the Game in the ’84 Grey Cup got a Ford Bronco. The outstanding player of the game did win a car but the Canadian player of the game, and I’m not making this up, won a very cheap Emerson 24” colour tv. That was the Canadian player of the game award in the 1988 Grey Cup. Just Bob’s luck.
Ryan asked what kind of welcome home the Bombers got after the ’84 Grey Cup. “We flew back to Winnipeg the following day which was a Monday. The reception at the airport was just phenomenal. Then we went to the Winnipeg Arena that night. There were 20, 000 people in the Winnipeg Arena…the whole arena was rocking. I will never forget that. The love that the citizens of Winnipeg showed us was just incredible.”
Ryan asked what it’s like to see the accomplishments of the ’84 Bombers recognized by the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. “I’m really happy that Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame exist,” started Kennerd. “It’s a great opportunity for the professional athletes and the amateur athletes to meet and greet. It’s wonderful to see athletes from sports like bowling and field hockey…it gives all of those other athletes from other great sports a chance to be recognized.”
Ryan asked how long a field goal Kennerd could kick right now under ideal conditions. “If you give me 3 to 4 months to train and to get loose and to stretch, I could probably hit from 50 still,” said Kennerd. “If I went out today, I could probably hit from 35 but then I would have a hamstring pull on me and my achilles would tear.”