Rowell proves late's great

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Lemarcus Rowell could be a Wendy's spokesperson.

He's great, even late.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman barely made it into a play yesterday in a 41-30 win over the B.C. Lions when the ball ended up in his hands.

Lions quarterback Buck Pierce threw it straight into Rowell's mitts, and the force of the catch knocked the rookie's helmet off.

He still rumbled down to the Lions 15-yard line.

"I was trying to get my chinstrap up, but everything happens so fast out there," said Rowell, who was only playing in his sixth game this season.

"As soon as I was ready to snap it up, the ball was snapped and it was time to go.

"When my hands went up, it hit my facemask and came off."

The turnover was key for the Stamps, who quickly turned it into seven points the other way. As for being late into the play, Rowell has no excuses.

"I was what you call lunching," Rowell said. "I was on the sideline taking a lunch break.

"I was expecting that ball to be higher, and luckily, I came up with it."

Once he took off running, Rowell was without a lid, which is an odd sight in football.

Luckily for him, he was tripped up and didn't get hit in the noggin'.

"You never expect that to happen, but you just go with the flow," said Rowell, who kept the ball as a souvenir.

"I will take it home and cherish it. I'm looking forward to my first sack now.

"Any time you have the chance to come out and play, it's a great feeling.

"This was big for me. I just want to thank the man upstairs for being in the position to have everything go right."


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