Jesse Lumsden

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Jesse Lumsden
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 34)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 101 kg (223 lb)
Country  Canada
Sport Bobsleigh
Jesse Lumsden
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) RB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg)
University McMaster
High school Trinity
CFL draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Drafted by Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career history
As player
2005 Seattle Seahawks*
20052008 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2009 Edmonton Eskimos
2010 Calgary Stampeders
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
CFL East All-Star 2007

Jesse Lumsden (born August 3, 1982) is a Canadian Olympic bobsledder and a retired Canadian football player, who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.



Lumsden is the son of former CFL fullback Neil Lumsden. Jesse attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario[1] and Nelson High School in Burlington, Ontario (where he led them to the Metro Bowl Title),[2] and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Lumsden had a standout career at McMaster where he won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2004 and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game. Jesse Lumsden was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, but was released shortly thereafter. Following his release, he had a short tenure with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In January 2006, he was signed to play for the Washington Redskins [3] and was later released only to play with the Tiger-Cats once again. In 2009, Lumsden signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, but he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in their opening game. On May 5, 2010, Lumsden was released by the Eskimos. He signed with the Calgary Stampeders on a practice roster agreement midway through the 2010 season, and was activated in October.[4][5]

Lumsden has been timed consistently around 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.


Jesse took part in the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics as a member of Pierre Lueders' bobsleigh team; he was the brakeman in the two-man sled that won the Canadian National Bobsleigh championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre, March 21, 2009. It was expected that he participated in both the two-man and four-man teams in the 2009–10 world competitions leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6] On January 27, 2010 Lumsden was named to the 2010 Canadian Olympic bobsleigh team[7] where he and driver Pierre Lueders finished fifth both in the two-man and in the four-man bobsleigh events. During the Olympics, he and his four-man bobsled team flipped over during a false turn. Justin Kripps and some others walked out of the accident untouched.

He became partners with Lyndon Rush at the beginning of the 2012 season and the duo won their first World Cup Gold medal together in the two-man event on February 3, 2012.[8] It was the first gold medal of Lumsden's career and his second medal overall. On February 19, 2012 the pair won a silver medal at the world bobsleigh championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.[9] In 2013 Lumsden allowed Rush to win the overall World Cup two-man bobsleigh title.[10]

Jessie Lumsden qualified for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as a member of the Canada 1 four-man bobsled team, and a member of the Canada 2, two-man bobsled. Lumsden finished 7th overall in the 2-man Bobsled competition, finishing 1.4 seconds behind the leader through 4 heats.[11][12]


  1. ^ Notable Alumni. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  2. ^ Career. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  3. ^ Washington Redskins News – Canadian Signs Two-Year Deal With Redskins – 2006-01-24. (2006-01-24). Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
  4. ^ "Stampeders sign RB Lumsden to practice roster agreement". The Sports Network. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Calgary Stampeders – Locker Room Blog". 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ Lalji, Farhan (2009-03-23). "Following bobsleigh title, Lumsden could go to Olympics". Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  7. ^ Retrieved January 28, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ Canada's Rush And Lumsden Win Bobsled Gold At World Cup
  9. ^ "Canada's Rush, Lumsden capture world bobsleigh silver". CBC Sports. 19 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Camu, Michael (February 16, 2013). "Canada's Lyndon Rush, Lumsden capture World Cup bobsleigh title". CBC Sports. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Canada Bobsled team members at Sochi
  12. ^ Sochi 2014 – Two-man Bobsled results

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