British Columbia Lions

Sean Millington - Running Back - 1991-2005 - Simon Fraser University

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Sean Millington was the prototype of a CFL fullback. Powerfull, tall and strong – mainly as a B.C.Lion – Millington was nearly unstoppable at the goal line. He also had the ability to break tackles and outrun defenders not to mention his great blocking ability to give his quarterback that extra second in the pocket or help spring his backfield running mate. Sean serves as a CFL analyst for the CFL on CBC today but for 13 seasons he was a CFL power back. The ‘Diesel’ as he was known as a player Sean was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

He excelled at sports at an early age and attended Simon Fraser as one of the top football talents ever to come out of that program.. Sean was the 1st overall selection of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1990 amateur draft. Sean went to the NFL and the New York Giants training camp as an un-drafted invitee. Sean was cut by the Giants but did receive some valuable advice from Giants coach Bill Parcells. For a Slam Sports one-on-one in 2006 Sean communicated what Parcells had said in that "he was a diamond in the rough and that he needed to get more experience." Millington went back to the CFL and although he never again would attempt breaking into the NFL the reminder of his talent within stuck with Millington. on 17 carries.

 

Sean was traded to B.C. from Edmonton partway through the 1991 season. It was with B.C. in 2 separate stints that Sean would enjoy his greatest success as a professional. Sean was a member of the 1994 Grey Cup Champion Lions who defeated Baltimore. Sean signed with

Winnipeg as a free agent in 1998. Under the Jeff Reinebold regime in Winnipeg Millington struggled. Millington was traded to Edmonton partway through the 1999 season. In his brief stay with Edmonton Sean proved he was still able to produce putting up a franchise record 225 yards and 3 touchdowns in an October 30th game versus Saskatchewan.

 

Sean rejoined B.C. as a free agent in 2000 and had his most productive season of his career rushing for 1,010 and was named the league's Most Outstanding Canadian. In 2001, the Lions had a dominating backfield; with quarterback Damon Allen, Running Back Robert Drummond and Millington B.C. had 3 options who were more than capable of putting up big rushing yards. The trio led the team to a surprise appearance in the Grey Cup and in that contest a 26-24 victory over Montreal. Millington was named the top Canadian in the game. Sean would play 1 final season for B.C. in 2001 putting up a career high 14 touchdowns. Unstoppable on the goal line Sean was valuable to B.C. Millington retired after the 2002 season and joined the CBC football panel as an analyst. He briefly returned to the field with Toronto in 2005 but his comeback was halted by a torn achilles injury.

  

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Sean Millington   Simon Fraser
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1991 BC 2 12 6.0 0 0
1992 BC 8 56 7.0 7 0
1993 BC 52 276 5.3 12 1
1994 BC 97 522 5.4 60 5
1995 BC 58 318 5.5 65 11
1996 BC 74 381 5.1 39 6
1997 BC 153 865 5.7 26 7
1998 Wpg 82 424 5.2 54 5
1999 Wpg 10 26 2.6 40 3
Edm 80 524 6.6 6 0
2000 BC 156 1,010 6.5 43 4
2001 BC 163 804 4.9 32 11
2002 BC 170 740 4.4 37 14
2005 Tor 24 128 5.3 18 2
Total 14 1,129 6,086 5.4 65 69

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1991 BC 0 0 0.0 0 0
1992 BC 6 60 10.0 20 0
1993 BC 38 481 12.7 70 0
1994 BC 19 112 5.9 20 0
1995 BC 14 147 10.5 39 0
1996 BC 36 386 10.7 38 1
1997 BC 49 467 9.5 29 3
1998 Wpg 22 191 8.7 36 0
1999 Wpg 7 55 7.9 31 0
Edm 7 49 7.0 12 0
2000 BC 39 531 13.6 35 0
2001 BC 34 313 9.2 41 1
2002 BC 36 372 10.3 32 2
2005 Tor 5 70 14.0 23 0
Total 14 312 3,234 10.4 70 7