Troy Westwood Released by Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Matt EichelSenior Writer IJune 15, 2008

Dauphin, Manitoba native Troy Westwood has been released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After spending 17 years in Winnipeg and becoming one of the most prolific scorers from the kicker position in CFL history, the Blue Bombers have let Westwood go. After a shaky start to the 2007 CFL season, Westwood regained his confidence and made big plays in clutch situations for the Bombers down the stretch and into the playoffs en route to the Grey Cup Finals.

Westwood, 41, holds Bomber records for all-time scoring (2,741) and for most seasons leading the team in scoring (15). He also holds the CFL record for best career field goal percentage in the playoffs (85.7%). Picked 48th overall in the Canadian College Draft into the CFL, Westwood also kicked a league-best 663 consecutive point after conversions.

"Troy has represented so much of what is right with the Blue Bombers organization," commented Winnipeg Football Club President and CEO Lyle Bauer. "Troy leaves a remarkable legacy with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and we thank Troy for nearly two decades of service."

Westwood leaves the Bombers currently sitting fourth all-time in scoring in CFL history behind Lui Passaglia, Mark McLoughlin, and Paul Osbaldiston. His 290 career games ranks seventh all-time in CFL history.