Famous Burlingtonians

Bob MacDonald - Professional Football Player

Bob MacDonald was born in Hamilton and raised in Burlington.  At age 11 he joined the rep football league in Burlington suiting up for the Vikings and later the Burlington Stampeders. He attended Burlington Central High School where he was a three sport standout playing football, basketball and track.  MacDonald attended McMaster University playing football under the legendary coach Bernie Custis.  At McMaster he was named:  Marauder rookie-of-the-year (1986); three-time lineman of the year 1987-89;  three-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star; twice a First Team All-Star, once a Second Team All-Star and named an All Canadian (Second Team) offensive lineman twice.  He was named to the Team of the Decade (1980’s) and achieved the penultimate – named to McMaster Team of the Century (2001). In 2004 he was inducted into the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame. In the CFL he played for the Calgary Stampers (1990-1992) who won the Grey Cup in 1992. Bob was traded in 1993 to the Toronto Argos then to the Hamilton Tiger Cats where #66 finished his career.  MacDonald teaches at Saltfleet District High School where he coaches football, ruby and track. Over the years he has served as a guest coach at the premier lineman camp in Southern Ontario.  Bob MacDonald was inducted into the Burlington Sport Hall of Fame in 2019.