Ricky has soft spot for Canada

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

The moment Ricky Williams heard O Canada, he almost became misty-eyed.

Not enough to bolt the Miami Dolphins for a second stint with the Argonauts, mind you.

But for the Miami Dolphins running back, it brought back memories of his 2006 stint with the Double Blue.

"I had a great time," said Williams, who marked his return to the Rogers Centre with 40 rushing yards and two receptions during a 16-3 Miami victory over the Buffalo Bills. "It was great to be back.

"I got kind of emotional during the national anthem. It's a beautiful song and I hadn't heard it in a while.

"When the crowd started singing, that was strong," he added.

Williams appeared to christen his former gridiron stomping grounds with a 14-yard touchdown scamper in the final minute of the first half, but the score was wiped out by a penalty.

No matter. Williams enjoyed the experience, partially because the Dolphins won, partially because his children were on hand to watch it.

"My daughter was born here so I think it's just nice for them to come back and enjoy Toronto again," he said.

"(The win) is great. I think the fact I got to come back to Toronto is just a bonus. The team is playing well. I've had a good time. I'm glad I came back."

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Asked if Toronto is an ideal place for a permanent NFL franchise, Williams said he would be concerned about the repercussions on the CFL.

"I think it's nice to have (an NFL) game a year," Williams said. "But I'm an Argonauts fan and who knows what the NFL would do to the CFL?"

The same question was posed to Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown.

"They have a baseball team and obviously hockey is big up here," Brown said. "Just for us coming out today and not being from here, we had a lot of fans.

"Potentially I guess it could be (an NFL city)."

In the Bills locker room, defensive end Corey Mace was far less upbeat. A native of Port Moody, B.C., Mace made his NFL debut when he trotted on to the field for the final two plays of the game -- both kneeldowns by Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington.

"It was cool to come out of the tunnel with the guys," Mace said. "But I would have gladly given it up for a win."


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