Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Milt Stegall - Wide Receiver - Miami of Ohio - 1995-08

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It's official: Turtle Time is over - Chris Cariou - Winnipeg Free Press - 18-02-2009

Milt Stegall, the svelte, smiling slotback who has scored more touchdowns than anyone else in the entire history of the Canadian Football League, announced his retirement from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this morning.

The club immediately announced that heíll go into the teamís Hall of Fame later this year.
 

"It wasnít a tough decision," said Stegall, dressed in a sharp-looking dark suit with a blue shirt and gold tie and accompanied by his wife Darlene and two young sons.

"Basically, before (last season), especially after I had the (knee) surgery, we decided that it was going to be my final season. Itís been a great run -- 17 years professionally, 14 years in the CFL with the Blue Bombers.

"I have two regrets in my football career and one of them is that I wished my sons were older," Stegall added. "Of course Chase has seen me play but I donít know how much heíll remember."

Stegall, ever the joker, said he hoped it didnít hurt anyone, but his son Chaseís two favourite players are both now former Bombers -- running back Charlie Roberts and defensive end Tom Canada.
 

The Cincinnati product played 14 seasons in blue and gold after being picked up from the NFL in 1995 and scored 147 touchdowns, becoming one of the leagueís most popular and outspoken players and characters.

His bright smile and cute quips and his teasing of the media made him a star off the field as well as on it. He dubbed himself Turtleman because of his washboard ab muscles.
 

Stegall leaves the league as its most prolific receiver by yardage, galloping for 15,165 yards on 855 catches. Last season, plagued by a knee injury, he caught only 30 passes for 470 yards and three TDs.

Stegallís best season was 2002 when he caught 105 passes for 1,862 yards and 23 TDs, winning the leagueís Most Outstanding Player Award.

But despite his greatness and his impact on the game -- heíll certainly be inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame -- Stegall never did win a Grey Cup title.

Stegall said heís going to stay involved in the Winnipeg community, although he didnít specify how, and he said heíll be a guest TV analyst for TSN.

 

-- statistics --

Milt Stegall   Miami (OH)
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1995 Wpg 25 469 18.8 51 4
1996 Wpg 34 613 18.0 53 6
1997 Wpg 61 1,616 26.5 106 14
1998 Wpg 32 403 12.6 62 6
1999 Wpg 73 1,193 16.3 99 6
2000 Wpg 78 1,499 19.2 85 15
2001 Wpg 81 1,214 15.0 79 14
2002 Wpg 105 1,862 17.7 63 23
2003 Wpg 68 1,144 16.8 73 15
2004 Wpg 68 1,121 16.5 67 6
2005 Wpg 52 1,184 22.8 101 17
2006 Wpg 79 1,269 16.1 100 7
2007 Wpg 69 1,108 16.1 49 8
2008 Wpg 29 458 15.8 92 3
Total 14 854 15,153 17.7 106 144