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Robert Mimbs
No. 27
Born: (1964-08-06) August 6, 1964 (age 59)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Career history
As player
1987St. Louis Cardinals
19901992Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19921993BC Lions
19951997Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1990, 1991, 1996
CFL East All-Star1990, 1991
CFL West All-Star1996

Robert Mimbs (born August 6, 1964, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former star Canadian Football League running back who played six seasons for three teams. He was named CFL All-Star three times and he won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy in 1991 and the Eddie James Memorial Trophy and Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy in 1996.

NFL career

From 1986 to 1989, Mimbs had tryouts with the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Phoenix Cardinals of the NFL. Mimbs' stint with Phoenix included time as a replacement player during the strike in 1987.

CFL career

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Mimbs for the 1990 season after his release by Phoenix, and Mimbs had a fantastic rookie season. In 1990, Mimbs led the league with 1,341 rushing yards and caught 71 passes for another 538 yards. He led the league with 1,879 yards from scrimmage. Mimbs followed that up in 1991 with an even better season, he once again led the league with 1,769 yards rushing and had 39 catches for 438 yards.[1] He set a CFL records with 2,207 yards from scrimmage in 1991. Mimbs was named to the All-Canadian team in both of those first two seasons,[2] won the CFL rushing title in both seasons and was the runner-up for the Most Outstanding Player in 1991. Despite that success, Mimbs was released just seven games into the 1992 season by the Bombers with just 392 yards on only 76 carries which was a far cry from the number of touches he got in his first two seasons.

The BC Lions picked up Mimbs as a free agent and he played 3 games for them in 1992 and just two games in 1993 before Mimbs was released for the second time. After sitting out the 1994 season, Mimbs tried to revive his career by signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in September 1995. Playing in only six games as the season wound down, Mimbs showed signs of returning to his old form, running for 444 yards. In a full season in 1996, Mimbs showed he was back to his old form as he led the CFL in rushing for the third time in his career with 1,403 yards, he also led the league with 1,738 yards from scrimmage. He won the Roughriders' Most Outstanding Player award.[3] Mimbs also earned his third All-Canadian honour and was the Western nominee and eventual runner-up for the Most Outstanding Player in the CFL. Time and perhaps injuries seemed to catch up to Mimbs in his final season in 1997 as he ran for 493 yards in ten games. Mimbs finished his career with 6162 yards rushing.

Career regular season rushing statistics

Year Team GP Rush Yards Y/R Lg TD
1990 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 285 1341 4.7 32 6
1991 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 326 1769 5.4 47 15
1992 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 76 392 5.2 36 4
1992 BC Lions 3 43 190 4.4 17 0
1993 BC Lions 2 22 130 5.9 28 1
1995 Saskatchewan Roughriders 6 87 444 5.1 30 2
1996 Saskatchewan Roughriders 17 292 1403 4.8 38 8
1997 Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 113 493 4.4 26 2
CFL Totals 81 1244 6162 5.0 47 38