Bob Simpson (Canadian football)

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Bob Simpson
Born: (1930-04-20)April 20, 1930
Windsor, Ontario
Died: November 28, 2007(2007-11-28) (aged 77)
Ottawa, Ontario
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) FW/TE/DB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career history
As player
1949 Windsor Rockets
19501962 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
Awards
Records Ottawa Rough Rider record, most career touchdowns (70)
Career stats

Robert L. Simpson (April 20, 1930 – November 28, 2007) was a former professional Canadian football player for the Ottawa Rough Riders, and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, elected in 1976. He was an IRFU all-star at four different positions throughout his career and was a two-time Grey Cup champion, winning with Ottawa in 1951 and 1960. He also represented Canada in basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[1]

He was the Rough Riders nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Player in 1956, Schenley Most Outstanding Canadian Award three times, and was Most Outstanding Canadian runner-up in 1956.[2] Over his career with the Rough Riders, Simpson caught 274 passes for 6,034 yards and 65 touchdowns.[2] On defense, he recorded 18 interceptions for 192 return yards and three touchdowns while on punt returns, he had 53 returns for 376 yards (7.1 yard average) and one touchdown.[3] He was the first Rough Riders player to record 1000 receiving yards in a season, doing so in 1956.[4]

He was named to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1967[5] and the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame Museum in 1982.[6]

Simpson represented Wellington Ward on Ottawa City Council from 1960 to 1963.[7]

Olympic Basketball[edit]

He was part of the Canadian basketball team that competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics which was eliminated after the group stage in the 1952 tournament. He played five matches.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bob Simpson Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert (Bob) Simpson". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Bobby Simpson". www.cflapedia.com. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  4. ^ 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 978-0-9739425-4-5, p.239
  5. ^ "Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame". Inductees. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  6. ^ Caton, Mary (2007-11-28). "Windsor gridiron great Bob Simpson dies". Windsor Star. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  7. ^ "canada.com - Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via Canada.com. 
  8. ^ profile Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.