Winnipeg Blue Bombers Milt Stegall Leaning Towards Retirement

Matt EichelSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2009

When it comes to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' upcoming season, it may read like this:

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Even with the re-arrival of head coach Mike Kelly to Winnipeg, things aren't going to all be the same when it comes to players on the field.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber and future Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Milt Stegall may have played his last game last fall when the Edmonton Eskimos bounced the Bombers in the East semifinals.

Yet, Stegall has not put the final nail in his playing coffin quite yet.  But his expected retirement press conference may be soon on the horizon.

Local Winnipeg radio station CJOB68's Bob Irving recently got in touch with Stegall, who is residing in Altanta, Georgia on whether Milt would be back for another season.  Stegall went through the regular rig-a-ma-roll and dodged any indications he would be back or whether he would announce his retirement soon.

Starting with the Bombers in 1995 after not sticking with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, Stegall has cemented himself as one of the great, if not the greatest, players in CFL history.

Stegall holds CFL records for most TDs in a career (147), most TD receptions in a career (144), most receiving yards in a career (15,071), most TDs in one season (23 - 2002), most TD receptions in one season (23 - 2002), and most yards per catch in a season (26.5 - 1997).

This last season, Stegall captured the most receiving yards in a career passing Calgary Stampeders great Allen Pitts.

However great his 14 seasons in Winnipeg have seemed, Stegall has never won the ultimate prize—the Grey Cup.  In two Grey Cup final appearances, the Bombers have come up short, in 2001 and most recently in 2007.

Alongside such other synonymous Bombers such as RB Charles Roberts and QBs Khari Jones and Kevin Glenn, Stegall has cemented his place as an all-time Bomber great.

Yet Stegall seemed to come through in the clutch and perform to his best ability despite not having all-star quality quarterbacks for many years of his career.  Only Jones and Glenn were well-known CFL QBs during Stegall's time in Winnipeg.

Will Milt be back in blue and gold?

Guess we'll have to sit tight and wait.