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Introducing Bobby Singh, the greatest football player of all time

Many men have won titles. Many men have won three different titles. But only this man has won three titles of increasingly obscure leagues.

Jeff Vinnick

Very few of us will win a Super Bowl. To win a Super Bowl, we would have to be exceptionally good at football -- good enough to play in the NFL, and be a member of the best out of 32 teams in any given season.

But it's not like eight people in the history of the world have won a Super Bowl. There are 53 people on an NFL team, and the eight players on the practice squad and however many players on injured reserve generally also considered to have participated in winning a Super Bowl. Thousands and thousands of players have done this.

However, some players, despite winning a Super Bowl at some point in their career, also end up playing in the CFL, which is like the NFL, but in Canada and with ever-so-slightly silly rules like having only three downs and rouges that basically make it the funniest sport on earth. A few players have been lucky enough to play on a team that has won the Super Bowl and the crowning competition of Canadian football, the Grey Cup. For example, OJ Brigance won the Grey Cup as an all-star linebacker with the Baltimore Stallions in 1996 during the league's short-lived American expansion, and then won a Super Bowl as a special teamer with the Ravens in the same city in 2000. Stewart "Smokey" Stover won both in the same year. We couldn't find a complete list, but we'd quantify the number of players to win both trophies as "several."

But there is yet a smaller list. A list of men who have not only won the Super Bowl, not only won the Grey Cup, but also were unfortunate enough to participate in the one-year failure that was the XFL, and in that one year, managed to be on the championship team, the Los Angeles Xtreme, winners of the Million Dollar Bowl.

This list is comprised of but one man:


Bobby Singh, the greatest football player to have ever lived.

Born in Fiji, Singh moved to British Columbia at a young age. The 6'4, 323-pounder went to Hawaii, but transferred to I-AA Portland State, where he was all-Big Sky. As a Canadian native, he was highly sought after by CFL teams (who I'm pretty sure have to keep a certain number of Canadians on their roster) going eighth overall in the CFL draft. Singh eventually made it to the Rams' practice squad, and they won the Super Bowl in 1999 -- a victory many would attribute to the Greatest Show On Turf attack perpetrated by Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Isaac Bruce, but which I'd mainly pin on the hard work the team's defensive tackles had to put in to get good enough to beat Singh in practice.

After a year lost to back surgery, Singh joined the Xtreme, which, as every schoolboy learns, coasted behind the leadership of Tommy Maddox to a Million Dollar Bowl title.

Some might say: why are we celebrating winning a title in a league nobody respected whatsoever, with dumb rules, low ratings, and a fourth-rate player pool? To them I say: YOU QUESTION THE SANCTITY OF THE MILLION DOLLAR BOWL?!?!?!?

After that it was off to the Great North, where he played for the Calgary Stampeders, earning a spot as a finalist for the league's Most Outstanding Canadian award in 2003. (I also give out a Most Outstanding Canadian award, although I've received scads of criticism for my decision to give it to Carly Rae Jepsen three years running.) In 2006, he won the Grey Cup with the B.C. Lions, although the Wikipedia says that he "played sparingly" late in the season. He's been out of the league since 2009.

It's a trio nobody else has pulled off. So far as I can tell, nobody has ever won a Super Bowl, Grey Cup and Arena League title, nor did anybody pull off the treble during the brief run of the UFL. Some guys have pulled the duo of college and NFL titles -- Joe Namath, more recently Reggie Bush and Aaron Ross, albeit in smaller roles -- but have any of those guys gone to Canada? Not that we know of. Singh's uncanny ability to win championships in random leagues may never be matched.

As for Singh, he appears to still be in his native British Columbia, giving pump-up speeches:

And interviews with Singh at his football camp obviously mention the fact that he won all three titles.

Some might say players whose individual statistics merit more oohs and aahs might be the greatest football player of all-time. Some might say "being able to stay in the NFL for more than one year on a team's practice squad" might be a qualification. Well, to me, the only thing that matters is this: RINGZ. And nobody did it in more places than Bobby. Bobby Singh, you are the football EGOT (I stole this from this person, so follow them) and you deserve praise.