SURREY, British Columbia (AP) — Bob Ackles, the one-time B.C. Lions water boy who became the Canadian Football League team's president and chief executive officer, has died following a heart attack. He was 69.
"It was our league that virtually adopted him when he was just a boy, and it's our league that has looked to him as a man for counsel, inspiration and leadership by example," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said after Ackles died Sunday.
Besides his years with the Lions, Ackles worked in the NFL with Dallas, Arizona, Philadelphia and Miami. He also was the vice president and general manager of the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL.
He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. One of his sons is the president of the Calgary Stampeders.
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