Fans at Thursday’s all-but-sold-out Winnipeg Blue Bomber exhibition game are in for a long-awaited half-time treat.

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Ken Ploen

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Ken Ploen

Fans at Thursday’s all-but-sold-out Winnipeg Blue Bomber exhibition game are in for a long-awaited half-time treat.

And so is Ken Ploen.

The just-turned 76-year-old and his family will be present at Canad Inns Stadium when the team announces that a new street at the University of Manitoba will be named in honour of the former Bomber quarterback and Canadian Football League great .

It will be known as Ken Ploen Way.

But the official unveiling of the street that will lead to the new Bomber stadium won’t happen until next year, when construction is completed at the University of Manitoba site.

Ploen, who came to the Bombers after leading the University of Iowa Hawkeyes to victory in the 1957 Rose Bowl, was on four Grey Cup championship teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s. An all-star two-way player, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975 and was subsequently named the CFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Half Century.

But, as much as fans worshipped Ploen for his football heroics and humble manner, his enduring affection comes almost as much from what he did after his career ended, when he returned Winnipeg’s loyalty to him by remaining here, working, raising a family and devoting himself to the community.

Ploen always credited his teammates more than himself for the success the Bombers achieved when he led them, and it’s in that spirit that naming the street will also honour all the teams and all the players and coaches he played for and with over his decade-long career.

At last report there were only 1,500 tickets still available for the game with the Toronto Argonauts.