More years for Milt? Blue would love it

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

This Milt is showing no signs of going sour.

In Jerry Rice years, Winnipeg's legendary receiver Milt Stegall would still have a half-dozen campaigns left in him.

Not only did Stegall catch the winning touchdown toss that covered 100 yards in against Edmonton in the early-morning hours Friday, he latched on to a total of 10 passes for a career-high 254 yards. And by the time this weekend is over, Stegall will likely be the CFL's leading pass-catcher this season.

Although the general consensus is that this is Stegall's last year, perhaps the Blue Bombers could convince him to stick around another year -- or two. And Bombers GM Brendan Taman did not rule out that possibility yesterday.

"His focus is on this year and so is ours," said Taman, still basking in the euphoria of the last-second dramatics. "But I still believe he has some gas in the tank.

"I think he can still play. Some people in this organization -- who are no longer here -- doubted that a couple of years ago, if you can believe that."

That would be a certain head coach and a certain offensive co-ordinator, who were sent packing. But the current head knock, Doug Berry, is certainly a believer.

"He's a great, great, great player and he's gotten all of the accolades over the years," Berry said. "Coming in, I've got a guy who's going to be 36 years old and I kind of remember back when I was 35, 36 and how much gas can still be in his tank? But he is in such superb shape and takes such great care of his body and is so committed to being a great player, and that's why he is one."

Stegall waited until Grey Cup week last year to announce that he would be back for one more shot at the CFL's Holy Grail, the only crowning achievement that has eluded him during his illustrious career. His decision on retirement will likely be based on how the Bombers fare in that quest this season.

But Stegall still has a lot of years left to catch up to Rice -- generally regarded as the best receiver to ever play in the NFL -- who played into his early 40s.


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