|Date of birth:April 3, 1979|
|Place of birth: Montclair, California|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Retired|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Canadian Football Hall of Fame|
College[edit | edit source]
Roberts attended Sacramento State, where he set numerous DI-AA rushing records for the Sac State Hornets football team, including total rushing yards and most yards in a game (409 yards vs Idaho State in 1999). His nickname while with the Hornets was "Choo-Choo Charlie", in reference to the train that would often come by behind the stadium during games and practices. Upon graduation, he went to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to play for the Canadian Football League team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Blue Bombers[edit | edit source]
In his 8-year tenure he established himself as one of the premier running backs in the Canadian Football League, earning the nickname "Blink" for his amazing quickness and agility. He led the league in rushing yards in 2006 with 1609 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning a nomination as the East's Most Outstanding Player. Off the field he experienced highs and lows. The enigmatic back missed team flights, led the league in all-purpose yards, pondered retirement, led the league in rushing yards, publicly criticized some decisions, and signed a long-term big money deal to remain as the face of the Bombers.
Through the 2006 season, Roberts rushed for 8,091 yards in just six seasons with the Blue Bombers. He also tallied up 2,732 receiving yards and 57 touchdowns.
On September 2, 2007 Roberts passed Leo Lewis to become the Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-time leading rusher. He is also fifth all-time in CFL career rushing totals.
Roberts was selected in 2005 as one of the 20 All-Time Blue Bomber Greats.
BC Lions[edit | edit source]
On September 13, 2008, in a game against the Roughriders, Roberts ran to surpass 10,000 rushing yards in his CFL career.
Post-football[edit | edit source]
On September 18, 2013, Roberts was inducted into the Blue Bombers' Hall of Fame.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Totals (to 2008)||TOT||1918||10285||5.4||70||69||41||368||3396||9||64||13|
References[edit | edit source]
- Charles Roberts Gone in the Blink of an Eye
- ROBERTS TOPS 10,000 YARD PLATEAU
- Lions release Clermont, Roberts
- "Roberts, Graham, Warrington inducted into Blue Bomber Hall of Fame". WinnipegFreePress.com. June 25, 2013. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/Roberts-inducted-into-Blue-Bomber-Hall-of-Fame-212921761.html.
- "Blue Bombers to induct Charles Roberts into Blue Bomber Hall of Fame". BlueBombers.com. June 25, 2013. http://www.bluebombers.com/article/blue-bombers-to-induct-charles-roberts-into-blue-bomber-hall-of-fame.