Second chances don't come around too often, so Brendan Mahoney is going to savour this one.
Cut by the Calgary Stampeders a week ago, the Cochrane receiver was about to drive to Vancouver and look for a 'real' job. Then the plans changed.
The Stamps let non-import receiver Blake Machan go and offered the former Calgary Dino a practice-roster spot.
Machan refused, so head coach Tom Higgins had GM Jim Barker call Mahoney, who was next on the Canadian receiver depth chart for the CFL club.
"I was wondering what I was going to do for the summer," Mahoney said yesterday, limping through the locker-room after his first practice in more than a week.
"I was going back to look for a job because I'm done school. I was totally shocked. I had my car packed to drive back to Vancouver."
Mahoney, who only started playing football in his final year of high school, was a star receiver at Simon Fraser University and came into Stamps training camp as a free agent after getting drafted and released by the Toronto Argonauts in 2004.
Now he's an injury away from getting activated and will get plenty of reps with the small number of receivers in practice. He won't be going back to his place in Burnaby for a while.
"All an athlete asks for is an opportunity," said the 24-year-old. "If I'm out there with the guys, they can still see what I can do, even if it's with the scout team. I'm going to do my thing. I'm just happy to be here. This is the team I watched growing up."
ROY'S NEW BOY: Sebastien Roy doesn't know what to be more excited about. He's made the Stampeders roster as a backup linebacker and his girlfriend is about to give birth to the couple's first child.
Roy was a late addition to training camp but impressed the coaches with his work ethic. He'll leave the team tomorrow to be in Montreal where his girlfriend, Caroline, will have a boy via C-section on Monday.
"My new buddy is coming out, I've got to be there," said the 27-year-old.
The Mount Allison product is a financial planner in the off-season and works at the same business as fellow Stamp Stephane Fortin and Montreal RB Eric Lapointe.
So Roy was ecstatic when the Stamps signed Fortin from the Alouettes a day after he arrived in Calgary.
"I've known that guy for 10 years and this is the second time I've played with him," said Roy about them playing on the Als together.