Even if Milt Stegal had retired at the end of last season, he would still have been looked at by many as the best receiver the CFL has ever seen. An effortless runner and a big play receiver, Milt's impact on the Bombers was undisputed. I am also glad that Milt was able to stay with the Bombers for his entire career.
However, with Stegal coming back this year, approaching the all-time receiving record, Winnipeg has been in a tough situation. Running back Charles Roberts has also been approaching another huge milestone.
Without an injury, Roberts was due to pass the 10,000 mark during this season. That would have been alright had Stegal retired, but with both of them active, Winnipeg would have been hard pressed to put together two celebrations in the same year, let alone in the same month!
It's too bad that they weren't able to recognize Roberts, but it just can't happen. Financially, there are limitations to putting on two celebrations. More importantly, we wouldn't want to make Milt feel less appreciated by giving Charles a celebration. It would take away from his recognition.
We do realize that this makes Roberts look like the scapegoat of the season, but let's call it like it is. Roberts has been money all his career, but this season he just doesn't have the same step he's had.
I'm sure the injuries on the offensive line have been somewhat of a problem, but if Roberts wants to be remembered with the likes of Stegal, he's going to have to be a lot closer to the No. 1 rusher before Winnipeg gives him credit over Milt.
You have to give the Blue Bombers credit for sending him to a team that had room this year to recognize him. The Lions seem to be alright footing the bill. Plus, they have an offensive line that might be able to give him adequate blocking.
Really, the Bombers were doing Roberts a favour.
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