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Royal Copeland bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Royal Copeland

Playing Career

York Navy

Toronto Argonauts
1945 - 1949, 1952 - 1956

Calgary Stampeders
1950, 1951

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Running Back
1945 - 1947, 1949 (4)

Jeff Russell Memorial trophy
1949 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1945 - 1947, 1952 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1945 - 1947, 1952 (4)

Career Highlights

  • Scored 6 touchdowns during his Toronto Argonauts playoff career.

  • Played a total of 116 games.

Royal Copeland was an outstanding Halfback and Defensive Back. Copeland participated in four grey cup games, which were all Toronto Argonauts victories. He scored touchdowns in the 1945, 1946, and 1947 contests (which is second all-time on the Toronto Argonauts list as of 2014). He scored 42 regular season touchdowns, including four in one game on October 27, 1945 (this is still a Toronto Argonauts record).

While with the Argonauts, he and Joe Krol were called the "Goldust Twins".

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1988 as a player.

Class of 1988

Royal CopelandEd McQuartersTony PajaczkowskiRalph Sazio

Football Reporters of Canada

Ernie AfaganisGeorge KentTom MelvilleBill Stephenson

Copeland, Royal
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