Corner had no idea who he was messing with

August, 10, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

CANTON, Ohio -- What a rush it must have been for Reggie Corner, bolting up the sideline into the end zone in his Buffalo Bills uniform after intercepting a pass in the stadium where he played high school football.

  Jason Miller/US Presswire
  Buffalo Bills cornerback Reggie Corner intercepted a pass from Titans rookie quarterback Alex Mortensen, son of ESPN's Chris, for a touchdown.
Corner is a graduate of Canton McKinley High, which plays its games at Fawcett Stadium next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where the Bills and Titans kicked off the preseason Sunday night. He had dozens of family and friends in attendance. They watched him run it in for a touchdown.

Now Corner's wondering if it might come back to haunt him.

The quarterback Corner intercepted is Titans rookie Alex Mortensen -- of the ESPN Mortensens.

That's right. His father is Chris Mortensen, who was watching from the press box.

"Wow. Hopefully, he don't bad-talk me," Corner said with sheepish grin when informed who he victimized in the fourth quarter.

The play would turn out to be Alex Mortensen's last.

The undrafted free agent from Arkansas relieved third-stringer Patrick Ramsey. Mortensen completed his first NFL pass, a 10-yard gain to running back Rodney Ferguson for a first down.

His next pass sailed past tight end Craig Stevens and straight to Corner. Ramsey went back into the game on the next possession.

"The quarterback's a good quarterback," Corner said. "He showed poise for the most part. It's preseason. Everybody makes mistakes."

But will Corner be monitoring Chris Mortensen on ESPN in the coming days?

"I'm pretty sure I'll hear about it if something goes sideways," Corner joked.



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