Bighill brings Grey Cup ring for inspiration before booking another trip to championship game

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Adam Bighill brought a memento to the stadium on Sunday and placed it on top of his locker for all his Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ teammates to see.

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It was the Grey Cup ring that he and his teammates earned in 2019, a token that means so much to all of the members of the organization and the football fans of Winnipeg.

He was wearing the oversized bauble, adorned with the Bombers logo among its gem stones, as he met with the media following an inspirational 21-17 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL West Final.

“It’s where you want to be, with the opportunity to go play in another Grey Cup,” Bighill said. “So, when the playoffs come, this is what I think about and so that’s why I had it with me today.

“I don’t even know if anyone really knew I had it. I brought it to the stadium, put it in my locker, at the top of the locker so I could see it, and so I didn’t make a big deal of it.”

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers DB Nick Taylor (left) breaks up a pass intended for Saskatchewan Roughriders WR Mitchell Picton to sew up the CFL West Final in Winnipeg on Sun., Dec. 5, 2021. KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network
Winnipeg Blue Bombers DB Nick Taylor (left) breaks up a pass intended for Saskatchewan Roughriders WR Mitchell Picton to sew up the CFL West Final in Winnipeg on Sun., Dec. 5, 2021. KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

The Grey Cup ring symbolized what this Bombers team is all about. They had the CFL’s best record during the regular season and pounded their opponents on a weekly basis.

But none of that would have meant a thing had they lost on Sunday and not made it to another Grey Cup. They’ll play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for their second straight CFL title next Sunday in the Steel City.

“It means everything because it’s the only goal we set out to do,” Bighill said.

“This is such a special group of guys that put in such a huge amount of work, collectively, for each other. No egos. No Me’s and no I’s — it’s all We’s and for each other. Our locker room is something special. It’s something that I love and value so much and I know all the guys do, too. Because it’s such a good feeling that we lay it out there on the line for each other and we believe in each other, and we know we’re going to get it done and we’re going to leave it all out on the field.

“Defending the Cup is right where we want to be, and our hard work has got us to this point.”

— Ted Wyman

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