James Murphy
No. 21
Born: (1959-10-10) October 10, 1959 (age 63)
DeLand, Florida
Career information
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
CollegeUtah State
NFL draft1981 / Round: 10 / Pick: 266
(by the Minnesota Vikings)
Career history
As player
1981Kansas City Chiefs
1982–1990Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1986, 1988
CFL East All-Star1986–1989
Career stats

James Jessie 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.

Murphy was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.[1]


  1. ^ "James Murphy". Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame - Honoured members database. Sport Manitoba. Retrieved 10 November 2021.