Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was born in Ohio but spent all of his teenage and college years in Southern Ontario.
He returns on Dec. 1, when his Falcons play the Buffalo Bills in the sixth annual Bills-in-Toronto game at the Rogers Centre.
“It will be nice to be able to get back to Southern Ontario when we take on the Bills in Week 13,” Dimitroff told Canoe.ca exclusively on Thursday night, minutes after the 2013 NFL schedule was announced.
“I have some fond memories of my football experiences in Canada, and it will be good to be part of the NFL’s experience in Toronto.”
Dimitroff lived in Burlington, Ont., while his father, Thomas Dimitroff Sr., was head coach of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and University of Guelph Gryphons.
Dimitroff played defensive back at both M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington and at the University of Guelph in the late 1980s, after his dad had moved on in football. Burlington is almost halfway between Toronto and Buffalo, on Lake Ontario.
The Falcons last season tied for the best regular-season record in the NFL, at 13-3. They narrowly lost at home to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game this past January.
The Bills have won only one of the previous five Bills-in-Toronto games, and likely will be a big underdog this year.