'It's a dream come true'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It's an old cliche, but for Edmonton Eskimo Rob Leblanc, it's totally appropriate.

"It is a dream come true, quite literally," said LeBlanc of playing in today's Grey Cup as a rookie in his hometown.

"Being an eighth grader, 10th grader or 12th grader - if you play football as a Canadian kid, this is where you want to be.

"It is surreal at the moment, to be fair."

LeBlanc wasn't scheduled to be in an Eskimo uniform this afternoon, but when Mathieu Bertrand suffered a severe ankle sprain last week in the West final, the door opened.

With scars on his knees from playing on the old B.C. Place turf when trying to qualify for a Vancouver high school championship tilt, LeBlanc now gets his first taste of professional playoff action - and his family is definitely happy they grabbed tickets to this Grey Cup.

"I'm excited," said Val LeBlanc, knowing most fathers never get a chance to watch their son play a Grey Cup game in his hometown.

"When you look at the odds, it is a long shot."

LeBlanc will primarily play on special teams.


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