Hamilton Tiger-Cats Legend Angelo Mosca Dies at 84 | The Canadian News

Hamilton Tiger-Cats legend Angelo Mosca has died at age 84.

Helen Mosca announced her husband’s death in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“It is with great sadness that Angelo Mosca’s family announces his passing on November 6, 2021, after a long battle against Alzheimer’s.”

“Angelo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a friend to many. Angelo was 84 years old. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family at this time. More details will be shared when arrangements have been made. “

Mosca played a record nine Gray Cup games, tied with his Ticats teammate John Barrow, for the most in Canadian Football League history.

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He won five Gray Cup championships, four with Hamilton and one with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

The two-time CFL All-Star attended the University of Notre Dame and was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 30th round, 350 overall, in the 1959 National Football League draft.

But Mosca, like many others of his generation, decided to play in the CFL because players were being paid more money at the time.

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The Waltham, Massachusetts native played the 1958 and 1959 seasons with the Ticats in which the team played in the Gray Cup but lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers each time.

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Mosca was traded to Ottawa Rough Riders in the summer of 1960 by guard / linebacker Hardiman Cureton and helped Ottawa win its first championship in nine years.

Mosca spent two seasons in the nation’s capital before joining the Montreal Alouettes in 1962, where he played just five games before returning to Hamilton.

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Over the next decade, Mosca was named the Eastern All-Star four times (1963, ’65, ’66, ’70) and starred in five Gray Cup championships for Hamilton.

Mosca’s last CFL game was the 1972 Gray Cup final at the old Ivor Wynne Stadium, in which he led the Tiger-Cats to a 13-10 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Tiger-Cats defensive lineman was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hamilton retired the No. 68 jersey from Mosca in 2015.

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The huge soccer player also made a name for himself as a professional wrestler from 1960 until he retired in 1986 under the name ‘King Kong Mosca’.

Weighing in at six foot four and 310 pounds, ‘King Kong’ performed with the World Wrestling Federation during the soccer offseason and became a full-time wrestler after retiring from soccer in 1972.

In February 2015, Mosca revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mosca met his wife Helen, a real estate agent, at a Tiger-Cats game in 1996 and they married two years later and had been living in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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