Son of an Alabama sharecropper. Great grandson of a slave. Heavyweight champion of the world. His name? Joe Louis. The Brown Bomber. He overcame racism, poverty and insurmountable odds. He did it by fighting. He did it by winning. And he did it again and again and again.

While Louis was knocking men to the canvas, north of the border a Canadian football team was knocking men to the field with the same ferocity. Their navy blue jersies swarming their adversaries on every play. In 1936 the domination was so great that it prompted sports writer Vince Lee to proclaim:

“These are the Blue Bombers of Western football.”

From that point forward, they became known as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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