Robert ‘Bobby’ L. Simpson


Athlete : Football
Year Inducted: 1967
Date of Birth: April 20th, 1930
Born in: Windsor, Ontario

obert ‘Bobby’ L. Simpson (deceased) was a former professional Canadian football player for the Ottawa Rough Riders, and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, elected in 1976. He was an IRFU all-star at four different positions throughout his career and was a two-time Grey Cup champion, winning with Ottawa in 1951 and 1960. He also represented Canada in basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

Perennial All-Star, named to eight Eastern teams and five Canadian teams as Offensive End, Offensive Back, and Defensive Back. Scored 70 TDs, 65 on pass receptions. He was the Rough Riders nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Player in 1956, Schenley Most Outstanding Canadian Award three times, and was Most Outstanding Canadian runner-up in 1956.

Over his career with the Rough Riders, Simpson caught 274 passes for 6,034 yards and 65 touchdowns On defense, he recorded 18 interceptions for 192 return yards and three touchdowns while on punt returns, he had 53 returns for 376 yards (7.1 yard average) and one touchdown He was the first Rough Riders player to record 1000 receiving yards in a season, doing so in 1956

He was named to the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame Museum in 1982 Simpson represented Wellington Ward on Ottawa City Council from 1960 to 1964.