The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce that their Most Outstanding Canadian for the past five straight years, defensive tackle Doug Brown, has decided to return for his 11th CFL season.

“There is a lot of upside for this ball club,” said Doug Brown, “and whether that amounts to a championship in 2011 or not, I would not be interested in returning if I didn’t see tremendous opportunity for this season and a chance for the Blue and Gold to return to the caliber of play that so many expect from us in this community.”

Brown has been an anchor on the defensive line since he first donned the Blue Bomber jersey. Following two years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Brown returned to Canada where his rights had been traded from Calgary to Winnipeg prior to the start of the 2001 season. He made an impact in his first year recording seven quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery in his first ever game that he returned 22 yards for a touchdown. In his 10 seasons, Brown has accumulated 397 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11 fumble recoveries, 9 forced fumbles and his 49 quarterback sacks rank him third on the Blue Bombers’ all-time list.

Brown has been named a CFL All-Star seven times and the East division’s Most Outstanding Canadian on three occasions, walking away with the league honour in 2001.

“We’re very happy to have Doug back for another season,” said Head Coach Paul LaPolice. “Not only can he still produce on the field but his leadership in our locker room is something that you can’t replace. He is a consummate professional and a player our young guys look up to.”