Former Rough Riders linebacker Mark Kosmos dies at age 75

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According to the Canadian Press, former Canadian Football League linebacker Mark Kosmos passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75. Kosmos, who was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, played eight seasons in the CFL in the 1970’s with the Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Ottawa Rough Riders.

Kosmos won four Grey Cup championships in his eight CFL seasons. He won with the Alouettes in 1970, the Tiger-Cats in 1972, and the Rough Riders in 1973 and 1976. In 1970, the Alouettes defeated the Calgary Stampeders 23-10 from Canadian National Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. In 1972, the Tiger-Cats defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 13-10 from Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1973, the Rough Riders beat the Edmonton Eskimos 22-18 from CNE Stadium. Then in 1976, the Rough Riders beat the Roughriders 23-20 from Toronto.

An all-star in 1971 with the Alouettes and 1976 with the Rough Riders, Kosmos had 10 career interceptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He had an interception for a touchdown with the Alouettes in 1971 and with the Rough Riders in 1974. Kosmos also had 11 fumble recoveries for 18 yards, and three kick returns for 53 yards.

Before playing in the CFL, Kosmos played his university football with the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2006, Kosmos was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

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