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Bob Ackles bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Bob Ackles

Executive Career

BC Lions General Manager
1975 - 1986

BC Lions President
2002 - 2008

Awards and Honours

Schenley Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Football
1986 (1)

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1983, 1985, 2004, 2006 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1985, 2006 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Awarded the key to the city of Vancouver on Bob Ackles Day in 1986.

  • Awarded the key to the city of Kelowna in 1986.

  • Was an original club staffer of the BC Lions in 1954.

Bob Ackles joined the BC Lions as a 15-year-old water boy in 1953, the year prior to the team's inaugural season in the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU). Over the next 34 years, Ackles performed virtually every administrative duty in the organization, from Equipment Manager to General Manager.

During the 1975 season, Ackles took over as General Manager and over the next 11 years, he turned the team around on the field and off. Ackles consulted with the provincial government in obtaining a much needed stadium which was the first domed stadium in Canada, built a new training facility and office complex while finishing first in the Western Conference four times, participating in the Grey Cup in 1983, and winning his first championship during the 1985 season. In 1986, Bob Ackles became the only non-player to win a Schenley Award for his Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Football.

Throughout his tenure with the Lions, Ackles was involved in several Canadian Football League committees, and assisted in revising many CFL regulations concerning rosters, reserve lists and injury lists. Ackles had a sound working knowledge of all phases of the game and contributed greatly in the development of football in Canada.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2002 as a builder.

Class of 2002

Bob AcklesRoger AldagPaul BennettLess BrowneRay Elgaard

Football Reporters of Canada

Cam ColeTerry JonesGraham Kelly

Ackles, Bob
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