This week on the Pro-File Podcast I had the pleasure of sitting with Stan Mikawos, one of the best defensive tackles in Winnipeg Blue Bomber history. The photo above epitomizes the fight Stan Mikawos had in the trenches and his desire to dominate his opponents in each and every game. Stan Mikawos moved from Poland to Canada when he was 5 years old and his family settled in Winnipeg. It didn’t take long for Stan to find the game that he would end up playing for over 25 years of his life. He played in the Winnipeg High School League for the Gordon Bell Panthers and was recruited down South where he played for Mesabi Junior College in Minnesota for a season before being drawn to the University of North Dakota to play for the Sioux. Stan Mikawos was protected by his hometown Blue Bombers in 1982, a place where he would play his entire 15 year Professional career in the trenches on the Defensive line with some of the best defences in CFL history. Stan Mikawos was rewarded with 3 Grey Cup Championships, the first in 1984, where he would recover a fumble and rumble 22 yards for a touchdown. The second came 4 years later in 1988 and the last one in 1990, which was the last Grey Cup the Winnipeg has won to date. Stan was named an Eastern All Star in 1993 and was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame in 2000. Stan Mikawos played one of the toughest positions in football, Defensive Tackle, and was engaged in contact on every single play and despite playing 15 seasons, he was able to escape the game virtually unscathed. Enjoy the journey of Stan Mikawos and the secret to his long and healthy career.