Emotional Hall thinking of fallen brother and his Bombers 'Sons' after Grey Cup win
CALGARY — On an evening filled with indelible images and magical moments, a clip on TSN of an emotional Richie Hall stands out.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator was overcome by emotion, tears flowing, as his team celebrated its first Grey Cup championship in almost three decades.
You know he was thinking about his brother Michael, who would have been in attendance, had he not died suddenly of a heart attack in September.
But you also know Hall was thinking about his players, a group of men he has grown to love like sons.
“The guys played a hell of a game,” Hall said, emotion coursing through his hoarse voice.
“I’m just so happy for them, to come out there and play as well they played. It’s just something I can’t even describe. I’m speechless, just speechless.”
Hall’s defence was maligned at times this season for giving up too many yards but it was absolutely incredible in the post-season.
The Bombers gave up 14 points against the Calgary Stampeders in the West semifinal, 13 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinal and 12 against the 16-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup.
“I told them they’re a special group and they made their special memories today,” Hall said. “This last run, I don’t know if you could play a better four weeks of football than they played. They did it at the end of the season, into the playoffs and capped it with the incredible performance they had tonight.
“You dream about things like this and hope everything is gonna come true and it came true tonight.”
Nichols relishes chance to lift Grey Cup over his head
CALGARY — He hasn’t been able to throw a football since August, but Matt Nichols was able to raise both his arms over his head to proudly show off the Grey Cup on Sunday night.
“I was, absolutely, and I gave it a kiss,” Nichols said. “Ten years in this league and this is my first time being able to do that. I know how hard it is. I’m soaking all this in. It’s incredible.”
Nichols led the Bombers to a 7-2 record in the first half of the season but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Aug. 15.
He’s been a big part of the quarterback room — acting as a coach for Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler — ever since and Nichols is still a huge part of the team.
“To be able to celebrate like this with all these guys is a lifetime of memories,” Nichols said. “I’ll look back on this the rest of my life.”