Bob Sandberg
Date of birth: (1922-01-10)January 10, 1922
Place of birth: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Date of death: May 8, 2015(2015-05-08) (aged 93)
Place of death: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s): HB/QB
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1947
Military service
Awards: 1947 - Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy

Robert Young Sandberg (January 10, 1922 – May 8, 2015) was a Canadian football player, who later had a career as an architect.

A graduate of University of Minnesota, Sandberg joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1947.[1] His rookie season was spectacular, as he led the league in scoring, was an all-star, and won the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy as western MVP.[2][3] His season was capped with a dramatic and heartbreaking Grey Cup defeat. Having played a phenomenal game in the 35th Grey Cup, scoring the Bombers only touchdown, he tried a fake kick in the last minute with the score tied and it didn't work; the Toronto Argonauts won a classic nail-biter 10-9.[4][5]

His 1948 season was a disappointment, falling to sixth in league scoring,[6] and 1949 was plagued by injuries, leading him to retire.[7] He attempted a comeback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1951, but rushed for only 138 yards and scored only 1 touchdown and missed the Grey Cup game due to the Canadian Rugby Union import rule.[8][9]

After his career in football, Sandberg practiced as an architect in Hibbing, Minnesota, heading his own firm Robert Y. Sandberg & Assocs. Inc; he was a member of the American Institute of Architects.[10] He retired in 1990 and died on May 8, 2015.[11]


  1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Alumni all-time roster Script error
  2. Bob Sandberg Leads West Gridiron Scoring The Calgary Herald, September 22, 1948
  3. Sandberg Top Scorer in West Ottawa Citizen, October 15, 1947
  4. 1947 – Toronto Argonauts 10, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 9 Script error
  5. Time Confused Bob The Leader-Post, December 1, 1947
  6. Blue Bombers' Bob Sandberg Points to Big Grid Campaign Ottawa Citizen, August 15, 1949
  7. Ready to Quit Ottawa Citizen, October 15, 1949
  8. Sandberg Ruled as Non-Import Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, August 31, 1951
  9. Fumbles Also Counted by Bob Mamini The Calgary Herald, November 27, 1951

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