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Bill Symons bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Bill Symons

Playing Career

BC Lions

Toronto Argonauts
1967 - 1973

Awards and Honours

All-Canadian Running Back
1968, 1970 (2)

All-Eastern Running Back
1968, 1970 (2)

All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP)
1971 (1)

Jeff Russel Memorial trophy
1970 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player
1968 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1971 (1)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)

Career Highlights

  • Led the East Division in rushing in 1968 and 1970.

  • Rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1968 and 1970.

  • Played a total of 103 career games.

After attending the University of Colorado, Symons was acquired by the BC Lions in 1966. He played 10 games as a Halfback with the Lions before being traded to the Toronto Argonauts.

During his seven seasons with Toronto, he played 92 regular season games, 11 playoff games and one (1) Grey Cup game in 1971. He was the leading rusher in 1968 with 1,107 yards on 164 carries for 9 touchdowns. The 1970 season saw him rush for 908 yards on 170 carries for six touchdowns.

He still holds the record for longest rushing play in the playoffs which was 100 yards on November 9, 1968 against their rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Bill Symons had the distinction of being the Argonauts' first Schenley award winner when he won the Most Outstanding Player Award.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1997 as a player.

Class of 1997

Junior Ah YouBruce CoulterRocky DiPietroBill SymonsAl WIlson

Football Reporters of Canada

Jim CoxBob Irving

Symons, Bill
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