This article is about the Canadian football player. For the U.S. Senator, see Royal S. Copeland.
Royal Copeland (October 12, 1924 – August 8, 2011) was a Canadian Football League running back from 1945 to 1956.
Copeland won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Along with Joe Krol they were known as the Gold Dust Twins. Copeland is the only player to score a touchdown in 3 consecutive Grey Cup games: 1945, 1946, and 1947.
During the Second World War when the Argonaut Football Operations were suspended, Royal Copeland played in the ORFU in 1943 with Toronto Navy HMCS York.