Jim Hopson takes his spot in Canadian Football Hall of Fame

It was a big weekend for the man whom many credit for the turnaround of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Former player Jim Hopson, who was the team’s first president and CEO serving from 2005 to 2014, was formally inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Hamilton.

Hopson says his time in charge of the Riders was an experience that was very special and are years he will never forget.  When he looks back at his time, he says there is one thing in particular during his tenure that brings a smile to his face.

“The change in attitude by the fans and the entire Rider Nation.” Hopson said.” We had great fans and everyone loved the team, but no one had high expectations for whatever reason.  There is a huge expectation now that we will be in the hunt and win Grey Cups.  I think that is very important.  I can’t forget what the Grey Cups in 2007 and 2013 did for the organization, the fan-base and the province as well.”

As he goes in, he says it is great to follow some of the greats that have represented the football team over the years.

“To be alongside guys like George Reed, Ron Lancaster and Roger Aldag is special.” Hopson said during a recent conversation with Riders pre-game host Michael Ball. “I was completely blown away when I got the call because there are so many greats out there in the builders category.  It is something I never expected and I am honoured.”



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