LISBON - Vince Browne has worked hard for a shot at playing on Sunday throughout his football career and now the Lisbon High School graduate will get his chance.
Browne, a former Northwestern University defensive end, accepted an invitation to try out with the Buffalo Bills at the rookie mini camp slated for May 10-13 at the Buffalo Bills practice facility next to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"On paper, Buffalo looked to be the better fit," Browne said.
He said he went over his options - which also included the New Orleans Saints - with his agent Mike Martini of Harrisburg, Pa. and felt that Buffalo's situation gave him the best opportunity at making an NFL 53-man roster.
"With all of the sanctions going on with the Saints, my agent had a bad feeling about it and sort of pushed me in the direction of Buffalo," Browne said.
The Bills' defense could use the help. Buffalo ranked 30th in points allowed with 27.1 per game and 26th in yards allowed per game with 371 last season. The Bills finished 6-10 and were tied with the Miami Dolphins for last place in the AFC East.
Browne did not know details about how the tryout process will work, but he said he will spend some time at home in Lisbon for a few days before flying to Buffalo to begin his professional football career. Browne had been training in Arizona in an attempt to get ready for the NFL.
"I have been preparing for this and know the process, but it's good to finally know where I'm going," Browne said.
Browne said he will not be paid for tryout, but his meals, lodging and travel will be taken care of by the team.
If the Bills like what they see in Browne, he'll be invited to training camp which begins at the end of July at St. John Fisher College near Rochester, New York. Initial preseason rosters have been expanded to 90 players this season, so teams will need plenty of bodies to fill preseason roles.
"All that's left is to do the best I can and hope I can get invited to training camp," Browne said.