Royal Copeland (Canadian football)

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Royal Copeland
Born: (1924-10-12)October 12, 1924
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: August 8, 2011(2011-08-08) (aged 86)
Oxnard, California, United States
Career information
Position(s) RB
College Humber College
Career history
As player
1943–1944 Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs
19451949 Toronto Argonauts
19501951 Calgary Stampeders
19521956 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950
Awards Jeff Russel Trophy (1949)
Honors Grey Cup champion - 1945, 46, 47, 52
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1988

Royal Copeland (October 12, 1924 – August 8, 2011) was a Canadian football running back who played at the elite level from 1943 to 1956.

Copeland won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Along with Joe Krol they were known as the Gold Dust Twins. Copeland is the only player to score a touchdown in three consecutive Grey Cup games: 1945, 1946, and 1947.

During the Second World War when the Argonaut football operations were suspended, Royal Copeland played in the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) in 1943 with Toronto Navy HMCS York.

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