James Murphy (gridiron football)

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James Murphy
No. 21
Date of birth (1959-10-10) October 10, 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth DeLand, Florida
Career information
Position(s) WR
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
College Utah State
NFL draft 1981 / Round: 10 / Pick: 266
(by the Minnesota Vikings)
Career history
As player
1981 Kansas City Chiefs
1982-1990 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1986, 1988
CFL East All-Star 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
Career stats

James Murphy (born October 10, 1959) was a receiver for eight seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.


Murphy played for the Bombers from 1982-1990. He was named the league's Most Outstanding Player in 1986 and was a two-time All-Star. He helped the Bombers to three Grey Cup victories and finished his career with 9,036 receiving yards, which was the Blue Bombers record until it was broken by Milt Stegall.

He was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and was selected as one of the Blue Bombers 20 All-Time Greats in 2005.