It was November 30, 1963, nearly 58 years ago, but in Canadian Football lore, it was a moment that has more than stood the test of time.
It was the 51st Grey Cup game, Canadian Football’s version of the Super Bowl, although years before there was a such thing as the Super Bowl. It was held at Empire Field in Vancouver, the first time the city ever hosted the game. The local Western Conference champion British Columbia Lions were facing the Eastern Conference champions, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Lions were led by quarterback Joe Kapp, who in college at the University of California was the roommate of future wrestling Hall of Famer King Curtis Iaukea, and years later would become a major NFL star, leading the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl. But the star of the team, the player Lions fans of that era remember above all others, was running back Willie “The Wisp” Fleming.