Neil Lumsden

Of the many names that have been associated with the 1975 Gee-Gees football team, one stands out above the rest. Without a 169-yard performance by running back Neil Lumsden, it’s possible that the Vanier Cup may have never made its way to Ottawa that special season.

Lumsden, who was born in London, Ont. and grew up in Toronto, enrolled at the University of Ottawa in 1972 and began playing for the Gee-Gees’ varsity football team.