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Fans name Rod Hill the Bombers' all-time greatest defensive back

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Rod Hill could steal that ball and he also has run away with the defensive back position on our All-Time Blue Bombers Team.

Hill edged out fellow candidates Jovon Johnson, Ken Hailey, Norm Rauhaus and Gord Rowland.

Hill joined the Bombers in 1988 and was instantly a dominant player holding down the corner for five seasons while contributing to a pair of Grey Cups.

Hill was a CFL all-star twice and retired with a number of records including career interceptions (47), most interceptions in one game (five) and career blocked punts (eight).

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/11/2014 (1494 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Rod Hill could steal that ball and he also has run away with the defensive back position on our All-Time Blue Bombers Team.

Hill edged out fellow candidates Jovon Johnson, Ken Hailey, Norm Rauhaus and Gord Rowland.

Blue Bombers' Rod Hill.

Blue Bombers' Rod Hill.

Hill joined the Bombers in 1988 and was instantly a dominant player holding down the corner for five seasons while contributing to a pair of Grey Cups.

Hill was a CFL all-star twice and retired with a number of records including career interceptions (47), most interceptions in one game (five) and career blocked punts (eight).

Hill’s best day with the Bombers came in the fall of the 1990 seasons when he picked off a CFL record five interceptions in a game against Hamilton.

Hill was also a specialist at blocking punts; he sits third on the all-time CFL list with eight blocked kicks in his career. Hill added another two blocked punts in playoff action.

Voters have selected Ken Ploen as the quarterback, Chris Walby as the offensive lineman, Greg Battle as the linebacker, Bob Cameron as the kicker, Lewis as kick returner and running back, Doug Brown as the defensive lineman and Hill as the defensive back of the Free Press/TSN 1290 All-Time Bombers Team.

Voting began Monday and fans were given the choice of five kick returners as chosen by the All-Time Blue Bombers Team panel, comprising legendary coach Bud Grant, former player and GM Paul Robson, Hall of Fame football writer Ed Tait, Andrew (Hustler) Paterson from TSN 1290 and myself.

Next up is receiver. The Free Press print and digital editions as well as www.tsn1290.ca will run stories Monday outlining the careers of the finalists selected by our panel.

Voting will take place on both websites.

Vote a maximum of once per day and help choose the Blue Bombers player you consider the best at the following positions, to be presented in this order: Quarterback, offensive lineman, linebacker, kicker, kick returner, running back, defensive lineman, defensive back and receiver.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Rod Hill holds the CFL Grey Cup after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 50-11 in Vancouver on Nov. 25, 1990.

ARLEN REDEKOP / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Rod Hill holds the CFL Grey Cup after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 50-11 in Vancouver on Nov. 25, 1990.

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