Canada's Mace gets role in historic game

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

As he peered around the Rogers Centre yesterday afternoon, Corey Mace probably wanted to burst out into a rendition of Oh Canada.

He had good reason.

Just hours earlier, Mace, a 22-year-old defensive end from Port Moody, B.C., received the best football news of his young life.

The Bills were taking him off the practice roster, where he'd been all season long, and activating him for this afternoon's matchup against Miami. He replaces Chris Ellis, placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

For Mace, he was about to become the Canadian content in the first regular-season NFL game to be played in Canada.

"It's like a dream come true," Mace said.

Mace had been activated once before, but did not see the field in the Bills season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

This afternoon, coach Dick Jauron expects Mace to make his NFL debut.

"Corey's worked awfully hard and has shown promise," Jauron said. "He's excited. He'll play some."

Excited? That's an understatement. For the 6-foot-3, 294 pound Mace, who played his college football at Wyoming, "euphoric" might be a better description.

"It's definitely ironic that my (NFL regular-season debut) would come in Canada," Mace said. "Beautiful, isn't it?

Up until 24 hours ago, Mace's most important role on the Bills was to answer stupid questions from his teammates about his native Canada.

"The worst ones were guys wondering if we lived in igloos up here," said Mace, who will be wearing No. 74.


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