Milt's memories

Slotback Milt Stegall has been soaking it all in during the opening days of Blue Bombers training...

Slotback Milt Stegall has been soaking it all in during the opening days of Blue Bombers training camp. He'd love to write about a Grey Cup championship in his journal. (Sun Media/C. Procaylo)

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Multi-tasker Milt Stegall was doing an interview and signing autographs at the same time yesterday after practice.

Looking to put down his helmet to free up his hands, the all-star Bombers slotback noticed a toddler pushing his own stroller nearby. Stegall placed his helmet in the stroller, and the youngster proceeded to burst into tears.

"I'm not that ugly, am I?" Stegall said to the boy, whose tears continued to flow.

That young fan might not have fond memories of the encounter, but Stegall likely does, and you can bet it's something that ended up in his journal last night.

'PRICELESS'

Stegall is documenting as much as he possibly can these days, knowing that this, his 13th CFL season, is all but certain to be his last.

"I'm writing a little something," he said. "It's going to be something that's priceless. Every day I just jot down certain things that happened during the day.

"I just want to take it all in, because I'll probably take so many hits this year and I want to be able to remember it, so I'll have it down on paper."

Stegall, 37, has been at his usual best in the first two days of training camp, and it looks as if he could play another five or six years. The pull of his family back home in Atlanta, however, will finally take him from the CFL at the end of the season.

TD KING

He will no doubt head home for good as the league's touchdown king, as he needs only two scores to move past Mike Pringle and George Reed on the all-time list.

Throw in the fact that the Bombers believe they are serious Grey Cup contenders, and Stegall plans to make this season his most memorable one yet.

"This is probably it, so I want to remember it," he said. "I'm going to have to have fun. This whole year, not just at camp, I'm going to enjoy everything.

"I'm going to enjoy the soreness, the long meetings, the hits ... I'm going to enjoy it all, because when it's over with I'm going to wish I was sore sometimes.

"So I'm going to soak it all up and enjoy it."


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