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I think the NFL draft is next week and the CFL must get going soon ... so here's a picture of the equipment used by this gentleman of the Ottawa Football Club in 1957.

The gentlemen is named in the records as William Webb Ellis, which is interesting because it was a Willliam Webb Ellis who is said to have invented the game of rugby football in 1823 -- but in fact I believe it is end Bob Simpson, who wore number 70 that year.

Query: if those are the shoulder pads at the top, what are those pads at the bottom?

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I think the NFL draft is next week and the CFL must get going soon ... so heres a picture of the equipment used by this gentleman of the Ottawa Football Club in 1957.

The gentlemen is named in the records as William Webb Ellis, which is interesting because it was a Willliam Webb Ellis who is said to have invented the game of rugby football in 1823 -- but in fact I believe it is end Bob Simpson, who wore number 70 that year.

Query: if those are the shoulder pads at the top, what are those pads at the bottom?

(LAC Mikan 4949109 )

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I knew him in his later years. Always a great guy to chat with. I worked with someone who grew up idolizing him and he had good stories of Bob’s playing days. Whenever Bob would come into the store, it always made his day. Both are long gone now.

My first Rough Rider game when I moved back to Ottawa was in August or September 1961. Lansdowne Park was a dump (e.g., the men's washroom had a trough... say no more), but the crowd loved the Rough Riders! The whole town was behind the team.

That's Bob Simpson. A fine hardworking Offensive End. I still remember the sleeper play where he stayed on the sidelines in bounds, after a play. The quarterback noticed this and quickly called a formation and lobbed a pass to Simpson, for something like an 80 yard run

Yes it is Simpson and those are hip and kidney pads that strapped around your waste and went under your football pants. The things right above are thigh and knee pads that fit in pockets on the inside of the pants. I remember that sleeper play. It helped propel Ottawa past Toronto to go to the 1960 Grey Cup game where they beat Edmonton.

Love to see a side-by-side photo with today’s equipment

yep...Bob Simpson indeed... was a good friend of my dad ... maybe cause he worked at the LCBO ... lol..lol.. nice guy ... 😉

Thigh, knee, and hip and tailbone pads

Went to high school with and was a teammate of his son Mark - Who was one hell of a football player like his dad.

That's definitely Mr. Simpson. He and his family lived around the corner from us on Rodney Crescent in Faircrest Heights.

Pads would be kidney and tailbone pads....

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