2012 Inductee – Mosca, Angelo (Football Athlete)

  • One of the greatest football players in Canadian Football League history and a legend for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and as a professional wrestler with the WWF and NWA
  • Attended the University of Notre Dame and was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1959 in the 30th round (350 overall) but chose to play in 1958 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1960, and played for the Rough Riders in 1960 and 1961 before joining the Montreal Alouettes for 5 games in 1962. He played his remaining years, 1962-72, in Hamilton.
  • A 5-time Eastern All-Star and 2-time All-Canadian All-Star.
  • Played in 9 Grey Cup games winning 5 (1 with Ottawa Rough Riders and 4 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats).  He’s famous (or more aptly infamous) for an alleged out of bounds, late hit on BC Lions  star Willie Fleming in the 51st Grey Cup.  The hit was considered by many to be a deliberate attempt to knock Fleming out of the game.  With Fleming gone, the Tiger-Cats went on to win the Grey Cup and Mosca’s reputation as being the meanest professional football player was solidified.  It was a reputation he later promoted as the notorious professional wrestler “King Kong” Mosca
  • Has lived in and/or near the Hamilton community for many years and continues to be heavily involved in many community endeavours and is a vocal advocate for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, its Alumni, and the CFL.