Stegall swan song?

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Milt Stegall is playing like he's in his prime.

In real life, however, the Winnipeg Blue Bomber sensational slotback admits he is likely in the twilight of his career and perhaps even his final season.

Thanks to his best game in a Bomber uniform on Monday afternoon -- four catches for a career-high 234 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-23 whipping of the B.C. Lions -- Stegall is riding the hottest stretch of his storied 11-year career.

He has 15 touchdowns in his last 11 games, which is a tempo he didn't even achieve in 2002 when he scored a CFL-record 23 majors in 18 games and was named the league's most outstanding player.

Stegall is on pace to haul in 57 receptions for 1,353 yards and 19 touchdowns, which would be the fourth-best seasonal total in league history.

Never looked better

Simply put, the 35-year-old has never looked better, and it looks like he could keep playing for many years to come.

"I know, man, but my wife (Darlene) and son (Chase) are in Atlanta," Stegall said. "It's hard enough being away from them. That's the thing. That's the determining factor. Nothing else.

"No matter if somebody told me I'm going to have 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns for the next three or four years and we're going to win three Grey Cups, the determining factor right there is my family."

Stegall is signed through next season, which is when Winnipeg will host the Grey Cup. The organization is trying to do all it can to ensure the Bombers play in the big game.

The only thing Stegall wants is a ring, but the Bombers won't be winning one this season with a 5-10 record. It's hard to believe he would walk away from it all at the end of such a disappointing season.

In addition, he needs only 10 touchdowns to become the CFL's all-time leader, and he and quarterback Kevin Glenn are developing quite the rapport.

"Once we truly get there, the sky's the limit," Stegall said of his working relationship with Glenn. "We're doing some good things now.

"... Hopefully we can get Kevin signed to a long-term deal, because in this league you could have 23 of the best other players in the world. If you don't have a good starting quarterback, you're not going to win in this league."

Stegall obviously loves his family very much, but for one brief moment yesterday he imagined what he would do if he were a bachelor.

"If it was up to me, I'd be living right next to one of you guys, living in Winnipeg, playing on the Winnipeg hockey team in the winter and working on my tan," he said.

"But I definitely have to have my priorities in order, and my family comes way before football, so we'll see what happens next year."


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