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Author Topic: "We love being in Winnipeg. I love the fan base." | Bighill finds home in MB  (Read 651 times)
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« on: January 21, 2022, 04:31:26 AM »

"We love being in Winnipeg. I love the fan base." | Bighill finds home in Manitoba

The good folks at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame likely haven't started sculpting the bust for Adam Bighill just yet, but they are undoubtedly planning room for it.

Bighill - who officially put his name on one-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers today - will have a spot in the hallowed shrine someday, and still has years left to build on a legacy that has already seen him saluted as the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Player three times and be named to the CFL All-Star Team six times.

It's a legacy that goes so much beyond all the tackles, sacks, and interceptions he?s piled up in a nine-year CFL career, the last three with the Blue Bombers.

The 33-year-old product of Montesano, WA is a full-time Winnipegger now, having built a home here - literally and figuratively - with his wife and family while growing his many off-the-field ventures, including a career in the financial planning industry.

All of those things, and more, led him to re-sign rather than testing CFL free agency. Bighill listed the important decision-swaying factors as playing for a great organization, doing what's best for his family and his career, and his love of his teammates in the Blue Bombers locker room.

"There's always the feeling of comfort and knowing what to expect," he said Thursday in a media conference call. "I mentioned all the great things, but there's also the comfort of knowing how green your grass is as opposed to looking elsewhere. There's that sense of comfort knowing you don't have to adapt and adjust and go through a different process of acclimating somewhere else.

"We love being in Winnipeg, we've loved it since we've been here. All those factors tie in. As you guys know, I'm building a business here based out of Winnipeg... I have clients across the country from B.C. to Ontario, but Winnipeg is the base of my business and so that's another factor as well.?

Bighill said he told his agent Dan Vertlieb of his priorities and what it would take for him to leave Winnipeg before contract discussions with the club began to get to the number-crunching stage. He conceded that he didn't feel he maximized his potential value - a point that wouldn't have been confirmed unless he had tested the market - but, again, his decision is just as much about quality of life as the numbers on a contract.

"For me, it's not always about maximizing my value in the open market," he said. "There's a lot more that goes into it for me that I've already mentioned with the reasons why I chose to come back and the factors for me coming back.

"I do like being in Winnipeg. I love the fan base. I love the community. I love being a big part of this franchise. And so, maximizing value... I put a lot of value into those items is what I'm saying as opposed to contract dollars in some respect.

"So, no, I didn't maximize my value, but I didn't feel the need that I wanted to."......

More on Adam Bighill here!

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2022, 04:35:19 AM »

We love you too Biggie!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2022, 09:19:53 AM »

Glad he is making Winnipeg his home.. many former BB players also made Winnipeg their permanent home. Everyone will get used to the cold, snow, mosquitoes and potholes after a few years. At least in Wpg you can own a house with a yard and double garage for the same price as a 1 bedroom in Vancouver or Toronto.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2022, 12:55:06 PM »

Feeling is mutual

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2022, 03:59:25 PM »

Very intelligent decision by Biggie who is really a team guy through and through.    He gives you everything he's got and that inspires everyone around him.    When we signed him back a few years I leapt for joy!
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2022, 05:33:59 AM »

Sentiments from another former Blue Bomber - Jovon Johnson.  Nice.

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"I had talked to my family, and I know how much they love Winnipeg and the organization. It was a no-brainer. People always say the grass is not always greener on the other side. Winnipeg will be my home forever."
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2022, 12:20:46 PM »

I sure hope all these signings, a chance to 3 peat, and Covid ending translates in to huge ticket sales. Now is the time to get this team on more solid financial ground. Get that stadium rockin !!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2022, 02:08:29 PM »

I'm glad Jovon Johnson feels that way! He played at a time when the team wasn't as good and the culture wasn't so strong. Still one of -- if not the most -- exciting players of his era. Super glad we got to see him in his prime.
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2022, 02:24:06 PM »

I'm glad Jovon Johnson feels that way! He played at a time when the team wasn't as good and the culture wasn't so strong. Still one of -- if not the most -- exciting players of his era. Super glad we got to see him in his prime.

A fan favourite through and through. He was a joy to watch during his time here.

Enough can't be said about the culture that has been built by Miller, Walters, and O'Shea in recent years. Class of the league at the moment.
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