Rough Rider Racine: Moe ‘The Toe’ in­ducted into Hall of Fame

Seaway News - - SPORTS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Four decades later, Moe ‘ The Toe’ Racine is be­ing in­ducted into the Cana­dian Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

The Corn­wall grid­iron cham­pion was a famed kicker of the Ottawa Rough Rid­ers from ’ 58 to ’ 74.

“They didn’t for­get. I’m fi­nally in. It’s very ex­cit­ing to be picked,” said Racine, 76. “It’s ex­cit­ing for my fam­ily also.”

Racine played in five Grey Cups and won four in 1960, 1968, 1969 and 1973.

“It’s great for me even at my age be­cause I’m go­ing in with mem­bers of my team,” he said. “We were so close.”

Racine at­tended a 1973 Grey Cup re­union in Ottawa last month and he could still name all the play­ers and even the water­boys.

“We find it dif­fer­ent be­cause there’s more pass­ing in the CFL. They don’t run the ball like we used to. It’s a pass­ing game which seems faster,” said Racine. “They have bet­ter equip­ment now so peo­ple keep get hurt. The ath­letes are in bet­ter shape. They’re in the gym ev­ery day.”

He said in his ear­lier ca­reer to get in shape the team only had a two- week pre­sea­son train­ing camp be­fore they hit the field.

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