American Football Database
Neil Lumsden
Date of birth: (1952-12-19) December 19, 1952 (age 69)
Place of birth: London, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): FB/RB
University: Ottawa Gee-Gees
CFL Draft: 1976 / Round: Territorial Protection
Drafted by: Toronto Argonauts
 As administrator:
1996-1999 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
 As player:
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
  • 410 points CIS career
  • 148 points in a CIS season (1975)

Neil Lumsden (born December 19, 1952, in London, Ontario) is a former Canadian Football League player who played mostly as a fullback and also as a running back for the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos from 1976 to 1985.

Some of his career highlights include the Vanier Cup with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in 1975, being the eastern conference nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie in 1976, losing out to John Sciarra of the BC Lions, and winning three Grey Cup Championships with Edmonton Eskimos from 1980 to 1982, and again being a Grey Cup winner in 1999 as General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In the 1981 Grey Cup game Lumsden with 8 receptions for 91 yards plus a carry for 2 yards was selected as the Outstanding Canadian being awarded with the Dick Suderman Trophy.

In ten seasons Lumsden played in 141 regular season games and carried the ball 767 times for 3755 yards and with 36 touchdowns. He also had 180 receptions for 1729 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Several times during his career he was called on to fill in as a placekicker and punter.

Lumsden worked briefly in cycling when he was appointed COO of the Hamilton, Ontario, UCI Road World Championships in 2003. This was only the fourth time the road cycling world championships had taken place outside Europe.

Lumsden now heads Drive Marketing,[1] a sports marketing firm and a division of OK&D Marketing Group[2] of Burlington, Ontario.

He played high school football at Northern Secondary School and graduated from Crescent School in Toronto.

His son is Jesse Lumsden, a member of the Canadian Bobsled Team.

Lumsden acted as Honorary Chairman of the 2008 Desjardins Vanier Cup in Hamilton, Ontario.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dale Potter
Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian
Succeeded by
Dave Fennell