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BC Lions
Date of birth: (1938-09-16)September 16, 1938
Place of birth: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Date of death: July 6, 2008(2008-07-06) (aged 69)
Place of death: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Career information
Position(s): President
General Manager
 As administrator:
BC Lions
Dallas Cowboys
Phoenix Cardinals
Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins
Las Vegas Outlaws
BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
  • instrumental in the development of the short lived XFL.
  • BC Amateur Football Builders Award, 1980
  • Schenley Award (1986)
  • Special Award Contribution to Junior Football - British Columbia
  • Bob Ackles Day - Vancouver, 1986
  • Key to the City of Vancouver, 1986
  • Key to the City of Kelowna, 1986
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2002

Robin Ackles (September 16, 1938 – July 6, 2008) was a Canadian Football League executive for the BC Lions. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bob Ackles was born in Sarnia, Ontario and joined the BC Lions as a water boy in their founding year, 1953, at the age of 15.[1] He worked his way through the ranks of the organization becoming the director of football development in 1966, assistant general manager in 1971 and, from 1975 until 1986 general manager.[2]

After that, he spent time in the National Football League most notably six years as Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys and was instrumental in the development of the XFL.[3][4]

In 2002, Ackles returned to the Lions as President and CEO, a position he held until his death of a myocardial infarction on July 6, 2008.[3]

Ackles autobiography, The Water Boy was published in 2007 and recounted his life and time in all three leagues and the future of the CFL. Ackles was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2002, the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, and is the only non-player to ever be awarded the Schenley Award (1986).[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bob Ackles". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame.,%20Bob. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  2. "Bob Ackles - President and CEO". Lions Staff. BC Lions Football Club. Retrieved 2008-07-06.[dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "CFL Hall of Famer Ackles passes away". 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Bob Ackles". Inductees. BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-07-06.[dead link]

Further reading

  • Ackles, Bob; Ian Mulgrew (September 2007). The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner's Box: Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFL. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-470-15345-8.

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