Canadian Football League

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Greatest Canadian Football League Player Ever Retires

The Canadian Football League called him the Most Outstanding Player.

He called himself Turtle Man.

After an illustrious 14-year career donning the blue and gold, Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall has called it a career.

Stegall formally announced his retirement today at a press conference.

Considered by many to be the greatest receiver in CFL history, Stegall leaves the game as the league's career leader in touchdown grabs (144), receiving yards (15,153) as well as career TDs (147). He holds the CFL record for most touchdowns in a season (23 in 2002) and yards per catch in a season (26.5-yard average in '97).

Stegall also holds the Bombers club mark for most 1,000-yard receiving seasons with 10 and was named the CFL's outstanding player in 2002 when he established career highs with 105 catches for 1,862 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He also combined with former quarterback Khari Jones as the top passing tandem in CFL history and was voted at No. 15 in TSN's Top-50 CFL players poll.

The only accomplishment to elude Stegall was winning the Grey Cup. He played in the season-ending game twice - 2001 against Calgary and 2007 versus Saskatchewan - but was unable to secure a title.