Canadian Football League

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Canadian Football League Players Of The Week

Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Milt Stegall was named the CFL's offensive player of the week on Wednesday.
Stegall set an all-time league record with his 138th touchdown, then added his 139th late in Winnipeg's 36-18 home win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Friday.
Stegall passed the all-time mark of 137 touchdowns he'd shared with retired running backs George Reed and Mike Pringle in the first half.
With the Bombers on the Hamilton one-yard line, Stegall took a shovel pass off an option play by quarterback Kevin Glenn, dodged a Ticats defender and stepped into the end zone untouched to set the new record.
"It was supposed to be a run play," Stegall said. "I was supposed to be behind [Glenn] because Kevin could have run it in himself, but he said he was going to pitch it to me.
"He pitched it in front of me so it's considered a pass play."
After the touchdown at 8:17 of the second quarter, play was halted for a brief ceremony recognizing the record as the capacity crowd of 29,533 fans at Canad Inns Stadium gave Stegall a loud ovation.
"It was elation. It was exciting," said the 13-year veteran. "I'm sure if I had been somewhere else there would have been some screaming, but not like these fans were screaming and cheering me on."
The six-time CFL all-star and 2002 league most outstanding player finished the game with eight catches for 140 yards.
For the second consecutive week, Bombers linebacker Barrin Simpson was named the league's top defensive player after recording 11 tackles, including one sack for nine yards and collecting his first interception of the season.
Montreal receiver Brian Bratton was named the special teams player of the week after returning a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in the Alouettes' 26-13 win over the Toronto Argonauts last Thursday. Bratton finished the game with eight punt returns for 170 yards.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Chris Bauman, who was selected first overall in the 2007 draft, was named the Canadian player of the week. In his CFL debut Bauman, a native of Brandon, Man., caught six passes for 81 yards


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