I remember seeing him start a couple games in 93 and he was the 2nd last Canadian QB to ever start a game in the CFL. Sad to see him die so young. Very sad indeed. The guy had an extremely strong arm also.
From the Calgary Herald:
Friends wrestle with QB's untimely death
"From his days at William Aberhart High School through a brilliant career with the University of Calgary Dinos, Bob Torrance never hid his desire to be a professional football quarterback.
"A lot of these guys from the States have played major college football," Torrance told the Calgary Herald in a 1990 story. "But I don't think they love the game any more than I love the game."
That's the way former teammates and coaches remembered Torrance on Wednesday as news started circulating of his unexpected death due to heart failure.
Torrance was 43 when he died on Tuesday in St. John's, N.L., where he'd settled with his family.
One of the finest quarterbacks this city produced, Torrance became a starting quarterback with the Dinos midway through his freshman season in 1987. A year later, he led the Dinos to the Vanier Cup title and set a record that still stands with an 86-yard rush.
Over a brilliant four-year career with the Dinos, Torrance earned second-team All-Canadian honours twice (Saint Mary's star Chris Flynn beat him out both times) and remains No. 2 behind Greg Vavra on the Dinos' all-time list in passing yardage, attempts, completions and touchdown passes. He also holds the U of C record with seven touchdown passes in a single game.
"Well, at the university level, he had a pro-level arm," said former Dinos teammate running back J.P. Izquierdo. "The guy had a real arm, and he could use his legs to get himself out of trouble and buy himself time. More than anything, at the university level, he threw the ball like a CFL quarterback, and that was something that was unique."
Also unique was the way Torrance took over as the starter from incumbent Rob McNab during the 1987 season.
"He was a rookie and I was a veteran and I didn't really think much of him at the beginning," admitted former teammate offensive lineman Paul Carson. "Obviously, he came in as a rather heralded high school player, but we already had a returning quarterback and the season started that way.
''But it became pretty evident that Bob was going to get his chance to play and it was going to happen sooner rather than later. One of the things that impressed me about him was that even as a rookie, he commanded the respect that a starting quarterback does, and that's not always easy for an 18-year-old kid.
''People recognized that he was potentially the differencemaker for that team."
In 1991, the Calgary Stampeders drafted him 22nd overall and current coach and general manager John Hufnagel played a role in getting him to the Stamps; he'd been serving as a volunteer assistant for the Dinos under head coach Peter Connellan, and after taking over as the Stamps' offensive co-ordinator, he urged thenhead coach Wally Buono to select Torrance in the draft.
"I saw first-hand the talent that the young man had," said Hufnagel on Wednesday from Florida. "He threw the ball very well, he had good accuracy, decent mobility - he did a heck of a job for Pete at the U of C. In practice, we thought he would have a chance. It just didn't develop for him. I thought Bob had a viable chance to be a CFL player. And Bob always had a smile on his face. He was a good-natured young man and football was important to him."
Connellan started recruiting Torrance - who set a city high school javelin record at Aberhart - in Grade 11, and always believed he could make an impact at the CFL level; after two seasons with the Stamps (including the 1992 Grey Cup campaign) with limited playing time, Torrance moved onto Hamilton and got to start for part of the 1993 season; he was 78-for-152 for 837 yards, three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
"I watched as many games on television as I could and Bob didn't look out of place at all, and I think the guy he beat out (to take over as starter) was the all-American from Syracuse (Don McPherson)," said Connellan. "He was certainly capable of playing in the CFL; he had a strong arm and he understood the Canadian game."
He never got another chance; he would close out his career as a reserve with the Stamps in 1995.
According to a Facebook posting from a relative, Torrance had a blood infection that took over his lungs and heart and was on life support for two days before he died peacefully.
He his survived by his wife Lori Metcalfe and three children, Emily, Sammy and Allie.
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