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
Date of death August 8, 2011(2011-08-08) (aged 86)
Place of death Oxnard, California
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.