Charlie Shepard

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Charlie Shepard
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Born:July 11, 1933
Dallas, Texas
Died:July 23, 2009(2009-07-23) (aged 76)
Plano, Texas
Career information
Position(s) RB
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
College North Texas State University
Career history
As player
1956 Pittsburgh Steelers
1957–62 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFL West All-Star1959
Awards1959 - Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
Honours1958, 59, 60, 61 - Grey Cup champion

Charles "Charlie" LaFayette Shepard was an award-winning, all-star and Grey Cup champion running back in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1957 to 1962. [1]

A graduate of North Texas State University, Shepard played with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1956, rushing for 91 yards in 12 games. [2] He next joined the Blue Bombers in 1957 for an all-star 6-year stay. He would play in the Grey Cup championship game 5 of those years, winning 4 times. His best season was 1959, when he rushed for 1076 yards, was an all-star and was Grey Cup Most Valuable Player. [3] [4] He rushed for 3768 yards with the Bombers and was an excellent punter, never averaging less than 43.1 yards per punt in a season.

He has since been inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame, in 1992, [5] and the North Texas State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. [6] Charlie Shepard died July 23, 2009, age 76. [7]

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References

  1. CFLAPEDIA entry: Charlie Shepard
  2. NFL: Charlie Shepard
  3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers History Archived October 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Winnipeg Blue Bombers Grey Cup Moments: 1959". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  5. Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. North Texas State University Athletic Hall of Fame 2005
  7. Former Bomber Charlie Shepard dies