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]

Charlie Shepard
No. 21
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)
CollegeNorth Texas State University
Career history
As player
1956Pittsburgh Steelers
1957–62Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFL West All-Star1959
Awards1959 - Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
Honours1958, 59, 60, 61 - Grey Cup champion

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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