Nowacki's wife gives birth

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

EDMONTON - The circle of life spun through the Edmonton Eskimos organization this past week.

They were celebrating a birth and mourning a death on the same day.

Wide receiver Andrew Nowacki and his wife, Erica, gave birth to their first child at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Everly Love Nowacki is with her parents in their home in Florida where they spend the off-season.

“She is doing amazing and Erica is doing fantastic as well,” the proud father told www.esks.com

Earlier that day, one of the original 1949 Eskimos died at 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

Hall of Fame professional wrestler Gene Kiniski was born outside of Edmonton on Nov. 23, 1928.

A multi-faceted athlete, Kiniski wrestled and played football at St. Joseph’s high school before accepting a full scholarship to play football for the University of Arizona.

He returned home to play for two seasons with the Eskimos before making the decision to switch from the gridiron to the squared circle in 1952.

Despite playing the role of villain, Kiniski was a decorated gladiator in the glory of pro wrestling, which saw the different regional promotions create its own version of a world championship.

He won his first world title five years later, followed by the American Wrestling Association world championship in 1961.

Known as Big Thunder, Kiniski went on to earn the World Wrestling Association world title in 1965 before capturing the National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight title in 1966 after an upset over the legendary Lou Thesz.

Kiniski wrestled his last match in Winnipeg in 1994.

He was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 2008.

Kiniski was predeceased by his wife Marian, and has two sons, Kelly, and Nick.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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