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Charles Roberts (Canadian football)’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroPlayer of American and Canadian football
Is Football player 
From Canada 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 3 April 1979, Montclair
Age:41 years

Charles Roberts (born April 3, 1979) is a former Canadian football running back who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

College

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

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.

On September 1, 2008, Roberts was traded to the BC Lions for fellow RB Joe Smith.

BC Lions

On September 13, 2008, in a game against the Roughriders, Roberts ran to surpass 10,000 rushing yards in his CFL career.

On December 3, 2008, the Lions announced that Roberts’ 2009 option was not being renewed and as a result he became a free agent. He retired from the game shortly thereafter.

Post-football

Since retiring as a player, Roberts moved to and now resides in Long Beach, California, where he works for the United States Postal Service.

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

YearTeamAttemptsYardsAverageLongTDFumblesReceptionsYardsAvgLongTD
2001WPG1076205.822132728810430
2002WPG2161,1625.4705555613115916
2003WPG2641,5545.951825154810472
2004WPG3001,5225.149811533987265
2005WPG2901,6245.669125494749320
2006WPG3031,6095.3105424119320
2007WPG2461,3795.3166473587350
2008WPG/BC1768154.694443067200
Totals (to 2008)TOT1918102855.4706941368339696413