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