Stegall will return

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

One of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' all-time greats has decided to give it one more kick at the proverbial pigskin.

Veteran slotback Milt Stegall announced on The Score last night that he will return, as suspected, to play one more CFL season.

"This is definitely one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make but uh, give me a moment (hangs head faking emotion) I'm ba-a-ck," Stegall said last night on The Score where he's working as a Grey Cup analyst. "Of course, there has to be some changes made in Winnipeg and those changes are being made and hopefully, we'll have a better chance next year doing some great things.

"For the people of Winnipeg who supported me, I'm coming back and we're coming back with a vengeance."

Stegall, who turns 36 in January, caught 52 passes for 1,184 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns last year. His 22.8-yard average per catch was also tops in the CFL as he was named a western all-star.

Stegall, who was named in the top five of the Sun's best 75 Bombers of all time, now has a total of 129 touchdowns, leaving him eight short of tying the CFL's all-time record. He set the mark for most TD receptions (126) the past season (he scored three by other means).

"Milt playing next year, that's a good thing when one of your best players comes back," said club GM Brendan Taman. "That's one less hole to fill and that would have been a huge hole!"

With tailback Charles Roberts under contract to return, this means that Winnipeg's two most dangerous weapons will be part of the offensive attack again next year.


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