Former CFL lineman Bill Stanton dies at age 86

Bill Stanton, who won a Grey Cup with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1951, has died. He was 86.

GARNER, N.C. — Bill Stanton, who won a Grey Cup with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1951, has died. He was 86.

The former offensive and defensive lineman died Sunday at his home in Garner. The cause of death was not disclosed by a person at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home.

Stanton spent three seasons, from 1950 to ’52, playing for the Roughriders. He also played for the 1949 Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference.

Stanton was a Second World War veteran, and awarded the Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. He eventually became an associate professor of forestry at North Carolina State.

He is survived by three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Wednesday.