Q & A with Milt Stegall

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Favourite Canadian? Besides Arjei Franklin? Ross Hodgkinson.

First car? A Volkswagen Bug. It was canary yellow, baby.

Dream car? I like the old-school drop-top car. Nothing specific. Maybe 1970 or older, the long ones where you gotta fill up the gas tank every exit. One of those.

Sexiest movie star? Salli Richardson. She's not a major, major movie star. She was Denzel Washington's wife in Antoine Fisher.

What's your cellphone ringtone? Hello Moto. That's what it is!

Best word to describe you growing up? Smooth.

TV show you're ashamed to say you watch? The Simpsons. I may flip through the channels when Maury's on and see that, but it's redundant after a while. It's the same thing. And Jerry Springer, I can't watch him anymore. I'm ashamed, because he was the mayor of Cincinnati at one point. And now look what he's doing.

Which Bomber has the most style? C'mon, dude! C'mon, man! (In case you've been living in a bunker for the last 12 years, Stegall thinks he has the most style of any person on the face of the Earth.)

Which Bomber would you want with you in a bar-room brawl? I would say Gabriel Fulbright.

Who would play you in the movies? A young me would be Will Smith. And an old me, everybody's going to think I'm going to say Samuel (L. Jackson), but Morgan Freeman would play old-school Milt.

Food you won't eat? Pork.

Most embarrassing moment? Did you ever see those basketball players wear those tear-away pants? When they first came out I wore some, but all I had on was some underwear underneath. We were walking through the movie theatre, and my buddies came by and they snatched them off of me. So I'm walking around with my drawers on. I was like 15 or 16 years old. It was pretty embarrassing.

What do you miss most about college? I guess spending time with my roommates, hanging out with my roommates. My roommates were two guys I grew up my entire life with, so there wasn't that period where you had to get to know them. We were close right away. I definitely don't miss football in college. Not at all. Not one bit. I hated college football.

Why did you hate college football? I guess I thought it was going to be a lot simpler. I didn't know it was all-year round, and I just didn't have fun. College track? I loved it. But college football? I hated it. Didn't have a good time at all.

Best day of your life? It's a toss-up between the day I got married and the day my son was born.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? In total maybe 20 pair, but maybe 10 of them were free and the other 10 I've had for probably 20 years.

Most famous person in your cellphone directory? I still stay in touch with David Justice, because I grew up with him. He grew up with my brothers, but since I was the only one who was still in athletics we started talking even more.

So does that mean you've met Halle Berry? I met her. I met Halle Berry. She's from Cleveland, and we're from Cincinnati, so yeah.

First job? First and only job I had was working in my parents' grocery store. I got paid cash. The first time I did taxes was when I played for the Bengals. That was it.

Website you visit most? chelseaparkes.com is the business, the shoe boutique, that my wife owns, and monkeyjoes.com ... you know the inflatable playgrounds that they have out there? That's the business we own. Those are the ones I visit the most often now. A lot of people say they go to that ourbombers.com, but I've never been to it.

Favourite dog breed? Pointer. We had a Pointer growing up.

Childhood nicknames? Magic Milt. That's what they called me on the football field.

Last movie you saw in a theatre? Little Man.

Was it any good? It was OK. It was a comedy with the Wayans brothers. It starred Charles Roberts.

Favourite thing about the CFL? The fact that you can interact and talk with the fans, the people that support you, because without the fans there is no CFL. So the fact that you can interact and talk with them and do those things, that's pretty good. And the fact that I only have to work four hours a day, that's not bad either.

Favourite movie of all time? Training Day, the greatest movie ever made.

What scares you? The thing that scares me most is the things that my son is going to have to face in this world, everything that goes on and the fact that I'm not going to be able to protect him all the time; how he's going to react to everything that goes on around him and the peer pressure and all that. That's the thing that scares me the most.


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