Jay Roberts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-10-20)October 20, 1942
Place of birth: Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Date of death: October 6, 2010(2010-10-06) (aged 67)
Place of death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Career information
College: Kansas
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Jay Roberts (October 20, 1942 – October 6, 2010) was a Canadian football player who played for the Ottawa Rough Riders. He won the Grey Cup in 1968 and 1969.[1] He previously played college football at the University of Kansas. He was one of the last three sport lettermen at the University of Kansas where he played football, basketball and did the high jump in track. Roberts' brightest moment in a two-year hoops career at KU came when the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder's 12-foot jumper with three seconds left gave KU a 90-88, four-overtime victory over rival Kansas State in the finals of the 1962 Big Eight Holiday Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. In 2010, Roberts died of small cell lung cancer at the age of 67. He donated his brain and spinal cord to medical research and was the first CFL player ever to do so.[2][3][4] Later research showed that Roberts' brain showed a presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to repeated sustenance to concussions.[5] His son, Jed Roberts, also played in the CFL, for the Edmonton Eskimos. Jay is survived by his son and two daughters (Kimberly Roberts Smock and Kelley Roberts Bogardus) his sister Dawn Roberts Ross and nine grandchildren.


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