Argonauts legend Copeland dies

Royal Copeland and Joe Krol. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency/file)

Royal Copeland and Joe Krol. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency/file)

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TORONTO - Former Toronto Argonauts star Royal Copeland, who combined to form the famous "Gold Dust Twins" with Joe Krol, died Monday following a bout with Alzheimer's. He was 86.

A Toronto native, Copeland appeared in 125 games, including 14 playoff contests, with the Argonauts and captured four Grey Cups (1945-47, 1952). The electrifying halfback was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

"Few players have achieved the prominence that Royal Copeland did as an Argonaut," said Argos president and CEO Bob Nicholson in a statement. "His mastery of the game transcends his era and he was one of the first true star athletes in the city of Toronto. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Copeland family during this difficult time."

Copeland and Krol earned the "Gold Dust Twins" nickname for their blonde hair and big-play capabilities.

"In his day, he and Krol were the tops around," remembered former teammate Arnie Stocks through the Argos. "He was as fast a player as there was at that time and he was just as dangerous running both inside and on outside. He was one of those guys that you couldn't help but like."

Copeland remains the only player in CFL history to record a touchdown in three straight Grey Cup games (1945-47).


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