Mom's the word

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

For the first time ever, Milt Stegall's mom will watch him play live at Canad Inn Stadium.

Betty Stegall is in town for Milt Stegall Night, a tribute to the CFL's all-time touchdown leader.

"You wonder why I look so good and dress so well. I get it from her," Turtle Man said yesterday. "She's on the high end when it comes to clothes and everything.

"All my success, a lot of it, is owed to her, to the way she brought me up and the things she taught me when I came into this world. A lot is owed to her."

Stegall's wife, Darlene, and son, Chase, will also be on hand for the ceremony, which will take place before the Bombers take on the Toronto Argonauts.

The last time Betty watched her son play was the 2001 Grey Cup, and Bomber fans know how that one turned out.

"Hopefully we can come away with the victory," Stegall said. "The few times she's seen me play I haven't won a game, but we plan on coming away with the victory so I can give her a nice going-home present."

George Reed and Mike Pringle shared the touchdown record before Stegall broke it July 27 against Hamilton, but only Pringle is scheduled to be at the ceremony tonight. Reed had to cancel because of medical reasons.

A video tribute, featuring 138 of Stegall's 140 career touchdowns, will begin on the scoreboard at 6:15 p.m. Stegall said it will be tough not to watch it during warmups.

"It's going to be difficult," he said. "Some of the guys on the field I've burnt a couple times, so they'll be saying stuff to me.

"But I'm going to try to keep my focus and make sure that the main thing I'm worrying about is this game, because I can watch the tape any time."

When the on-field ceremony begins at 7 p.m., however, Stegall plans to forget about the game for a moment and soak it all up.

"For those few moments I'll say let's go ahead and cherish this moment," he said, "because this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing."


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