Als' Deslaurier took his chance

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

EDMONTON -- Eric Deslauriers didn't drink out the Grey Cup last November, or during his day with the mug in the off-season.

Being that he didn't dress or contribute to the victory, he didn't feel worthy. Nothing stopped him from drinking himself silly if he wanted to Sunday night.

While struggling to move the ball early in the third quarter, the receiver took a direct snap on a punt formation and scrambled for a first down.

The Als kept moving the ball and got a tying field goal. They were on their way to a 21-18 victory, and that was a key turning point.

"I was thinking this was my chance and I have to make the play," Deslauriers said. "To be honest with you, right before the play, one of their players said 'Watch 80, watch 80.'

"He saw me peeking at the ball a little bit. He basically called it out. He knew I was going to get it. I had one man to beat. I wasn't going for the touchdown. I was just going for the first down. We got the first down.

"Luckily enough it got us three points. If you look at the score, we won by three. The team just rallied, after everything that happened this week."

Deslauriers was emotion after the game, breaking down crying while talking with his parents on the phone.

"It's so hard to get here," the four-year veteran said. "Our families suffer for what we do.

"As a kid, I was all over the place. My mom took my everywhere and never complained. I'm trying to enjoy this moment.

"Last year was incredible but this year to be part of it, wearing the uniform it's that much more."


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