Cornwall loses Moe Racine

In this masthead from a Throwback Thursday column in 2014, the Ottawa Redblacks honoured Moe Racine's contribution to Ottawa football. (Ottawa Redblacks via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Tributes and condolences are pouring in as Cornwall has lost a sporting legend.

Moe Racine, a CFL Home of Fame player, died today (Sunday) at the age of 80.

Racine was a placekicker and offensive lineman for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1958-1974 and led the team in games played.

In 2014, the Ottawa Redblacks held a ceremonial retirement of his number, 62, (it had previously been retired in 1974) and he was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in the same year.

Nicknamed “Moe the Toe”, he was part of four Grey Cup winning teams during his tenure.

In November 2015, Racine shared some of his thoughts reminisced during the Ottawa Redblacks first trip to the Grey Cup. “What a game,” he said, “shades of (Russ) Jackson passing to (Whitman) Tucker, you know, we’d get behind and all of a sudden he would throw a long pass to Tucker or Margene Adkins and look out! It was all over! What a game, from the start to the finish. It’s unbelievable really.”

Racine was 80 years old.

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