After completing his schooling, Tiny enlisted in the RCMP. He was stationed in Glace Bay in 1932 and the people of that small town raised over $50.00 to help send him to the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Hamilton Ontario where he won gold medals in shot put, discus and the hammer throw.
In 1933, Tiny was transferred to Ottawa with the RCMP and was recruited by the Ottawa Roughriders as place kicker. He led the Big Four Football League in scoring in 1937 and was regarded as one of football’s greatest players. He was an All Canadian in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939, and was a member of the Roughrider Grey Cup Championship team in 1940.
Tiny was also a nationally-known rugby player and an outstanding curler. In fact, the Ottawa curling rink constucted the “Tiny Hermann chair” to recognize his efforts. The chair had to be specially designed for Tiny, who was 6′ 2″ and 280 pounds.
Tiny Hermann served in World War II as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his efforts. Upon his return, he went on to a successful coaching career at Ashbury College in Ottawa and helped introduce Canadian football to the Maritimes.
Charles “Tiny” Hermann, a member of the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, died tragically in a plane crash on November 30, 1966.