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Neil Lumsden bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Neil Lumsden

Playing Career

University of Ottawa
1972 - 1975

Awards and Honours

Ontario Universities Athletics Association (OUAA) All-Star Running Back
1972 - 1975 (4)

1972, 1973, 1975 (3)

Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) All-Canadian
1972, 1974, 1975 (3)

OUAA All-Star Punter
1975 (1)

OUAA All-Star Place Kicker
1975 (1)

Ted Morris Trophy for being the Vanier Cup Most Valuable Player
1975 (1)

Vanier Cup Participation
1975 (1)

Vanier Cup Winning Team(s)
1975 (1)

Career Highlights

  • 2nd All-Time on the CIAU single season points list with 148 (as of 2015).

  • 1st All-Time on the CIAU career points list with 410 (as of 2015).

Neil Lumsden had a successful collegiate and professional career. During his time with the University of Ottawa, Lumsden amassed numerous records. On November 1, 1975, Lumsden scored 37 points (five touchdowns) which made him fourth all-time on the points scored in a single game list. On completion of the 1975 season, Lumsden helped the University of Ottawa win the Yates Cup (the Ontario Collegiate football championship), the Vanier Cup and amassed an undefeated season at 11-0. Lumsden has a 31 career touchdowns, which 27 of those were rushing.

Neil Lumsden played in the CFL for Toronto, Hamilton and the Edmonton Eskimos, where he was rookie of the year in 1976 and in 1981 he was voted top Canadian in a Grey Cup game, a four time Grey Cup champion, winning three with Edmonton and as General Manager with the Tiger-Cats in 1999.

In 2000 Lumsden was awarded by the University of Ottawa, the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement for Student Excellence/Contribution- Athlete of the Half Century.

In 2008, Lumsden was the honorary chairman of the 2008 Vanier Cup.;

Neil Lumsden is also a member of the Ottawa Gee Gees Hall of Fame, the OUA Hall of Fame, and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014 as a player.

Class of 2014

Wally BuonoBen CahoonLarry HaylorNeil LumsdenUzooma OkekeMoe Racine

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Football Reporters of Canada

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