Cal Murphy passed away Saturday at a Regina hospital. He was currently employed by the Indianapolis Colts as an evaluator of talent.
Murphy was the Head Coach of the British Columbia Lions from 1975-1976, Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1983-1986, and again from 1993-1996 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1999. He was also in charge of the Eskimos’ offensive line during their glory years from 1978-1982 when they won five consecutive Grey Cups and the Blue Bombers’ General Manager from 1983-1996.
He won the Grey Cup eight times as either a coach or General Manager– five times with Edmonton and three times with Winnipeg.
Known as tough in negotiating contracts, Murphy seemed to have a great relationship with his players however and was credited for developing a strong family like atmosphere while in charge of the Blue Bombers.
Another interesting storyline is that Murphy once banned reporters from the locker room after CBC Radio hired a woman to cover the Blue Bombers beat.
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