Royal Copeland (Canadian football)

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This article is about the Canadian football player. For the U.S. Senator, see Royal S. Copeland.
Royal Copeland
Date of birth (1924-10-12)October 12, 1924
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of death August 8, 2011(2011-08-08) (aged 86)
Place of death Oxnard, California, United States
Career information
Position(s) RB
College Humber College
Career history
As player
1943–1944 Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs
19451949 Toronto Argonauts
19501951 Calgary Stampeders
19521956 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950
Awards Jeff Russel Trophy (1949)
Honors Grey Cup champion - 1945, 46, 47, 52
Career stats

Royal Copeland (October 12, 1924 – August 8, 2011) was a Canadian Football League running back from 1945 to 1956.

Copeland won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Along with Joe Krol they were known as the Gold Dust Twins. Copeland is the only player to score a touchdown in 3 consecutive Grey Cup games: 1945, 1946, and 1947.

During the Second World War when the Argonaut Football Operations were suspended, Royal Copeland played in the ORFU in 1943 with Toronto Navy HMCS York.