Volume 96, Issue 6
Friday September 6, 2002

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Throw me a frickin' Bone!
Former QB as good as it gets

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

The Western Mustang football squad has fielded numerous elite Canadian quarterbacks, but arguably the greatest one ever was former 'Stang Jamie Bone.

Bone's tenure lasted from 1975-1978 and throughout these years he had a profound effect on the success of our prized football team. He led the Mustangs to national championship victories in 1976 and 1977.

Bone's strongest year, however, was 1978. He received the Hec Creighton Award for the nations Most Valuable Player, the Omega Trophy for Ontario University Athletics MVP and was named an All-Canadian.

Bone's career statistics are impressive. He threw 326 completions for 5,503 yards (second behind recently departed quarterback Mike O'Brien) and threw 39 touchdowns.

Bone quickly bolted to Dallas after his university career and had a short stint in the NFL with the Cowboys. Immediately after his NFL exploits, he assumed control of the Mustang quarterbacks as the QB coach for nine years. In 1989, Bone joined the TSN telecast crew covering university football (which he continues to this day).

The Gazette caught up with Bone over the summer and the Mustang pride he displayed more than 20 years ago was still apparent.

What does it mean to be a Western Mustang football player?

There's a tremendous amount of pride being part of the most successful university football program in Canada. I always felt a responsibility to live up to and carry on the strong tradition and expectations of those who played before me. One of the great things about playing football for Western is that you're never an ex-Western Mustang football player – you're always a Western Mustang football player.

What is your greatest memory of your time as a Mustang?

It would have to be all the great people who played on the 1976-1978 team. I consider myself to be very lucky to have been associated with a group of players and coaches who possessed such great character and determination. It made for great team chemistry and to this day that group continues to get together at Mustang games.

What is your greatest accomplishment from your time as a Mustang?

No question – it has to be the back-to-back Vanier Cups. No team has done it since – it's a true testament to the quality of the team we had.


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