December 5, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts is one of three new inductees into the club’s Hall of Fame.
The club announced early today that Roberts will be inducted into the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame on Sept. 18, along with past president George Graham and former CJOB executive Ralph Warrington in the media category.
Roberts began his career with the Bombers in 2001 and was a seven-time divisional all-star, six-time league all-star and was voted the East Division’s most outstanding player in 2006.
Roberts also led the league in rushing in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and is the franchise’s leading rusher with 9,987 yards and 64 rushing touchdowns.
"It felt really good," Roberts told reporters on a conference call this morning, asked for his reaction to the news. "It’s a dream come true. When I first started playing football years and years and years ago, you never would expect at some point in your lifetime you’d be inducted into the Hall of Fame of such a great football club. I’m just really appreciative of all the love and support over the years."
Today, five years past the end of his CFL career, Roberts lives in Long Beach, Calif., and is a customer service specialist with the United States Postal Service.
He said he’s enjoying life but there was clearly a jump in his step with the Hall of Fame news.
"I know it’s been some years now since I’ve spoken to the media but it’s fulfilling a void in my heart," Roberts said. "I left Winnipeg late in 2008 and I just really haven’t felt the same and I’m so happy to be inducted.
"Prior to coming to Canada, I didn’t know too much about Canada. When I got there it was the right fit. The fans, they embraced me, they accepted me, they took me in as one of their own. I’m really appreciated of that love and support."
Roberts, known as "Blink," a nickname coined by teammate Milt Stegall, was listed at five-foot-six, 177 pounds. That didn’t stop the Sacramento State college player from posting six straight 1,000-yard-plus seasons of rushing in the heyday of his Blue Bombers career.
"I had a good career but my career wouldn’t have been what it was without great teammates, great coaching, Brendan Taman bringing me up there," Roberts said.
Updated on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM CDT:
updates with full writethru, adds comments from Roberts