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"Thank you, and we'll see you in the Grey Cup!"

Those were the final words from Milt Stegall on Milt Stegall Night at Canad Inns Stadium. In case you hadn't heard, No. 85 is still more concerned about winning his first Grey Cup.

Then again, Stegall now has everything else he could possibly want after the cheers, praise and goodies that rained down on him during last night's pre-game ceremony to celebrate his CFL touchdown record.

"It's just not the things that they gave me, but just the thought that went into everything," Stegall said after hauling in nine catches for 151 yards in Winnipeg's 15-13 win over the Argonauts. "That says a lot."

Premier Gary Doer, who proclaimed it Milt Stegall Day in Manitoba, kicked things off by inducting the 37-year-old Cincinnati native into the prestigious Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

"Mother Theresa has also got this award," Doer said. "You're a class guy, a great athlete. I know you'd rather hoist the Grey Cup, but congratulations."

Mayor Sam Katz gave him a key to the city and renamed Arena Road, just north of Canad Inns Stadium, Milt Stegall Drive.

"I know at some point, the sad thing about being an athlete is the career is far too short," Katz said. "But one thing we can make sure... we can remember you forever and ever."

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon sure got a kick out of the brand new street sign that Stegall held high above his head.

"Milt Stegall Drive. That is pretty cool," Cohon said. "What can I say, Milt? You are unbelievable. You've already started to teach your son to run a few patterns. We are so lucky. You gotta keep on playing for us, right guys?"

The sold-out crowd, of course, loved that, and they roared some more. Stegall, however, has almost guaranteed that he will retire at the end of this season -- the 13th of his remarkable career.

The Winnipeg Football Club then handed him the keys to a brand new Dodge Caravan for his burgeoning family "on behalf of every fan here tonight," president and CEO Lyle Bauer said.

Accompanying Stegall onto the field for the 20-minute ceremony were his wife Darlene, son Chase and mom Betty. Darlene didn't have to talk to her husband to know that the accolades were warming his heart.

"He looked at me a couple times where I knew he was definitely touched by what happened," Darlene said.

Stegall admitted that the ceremony was making his eyes a little watery.

"That was emotional," he said. "I didn't want to cry, but that was really emotional."

Betty Stegall, who was watching her son play in Winnipeg for the first time last night, said there was one thing that made the night bittersweet.

"His father (Garland, who passed away when Stegall was a teenager) was such a big part of his life," Betty said. "If only his dad was here.

"But I'm so very, very proud of him. I just can't believe all the accolades that he received."

Mike Pringle, who along with George Reed used to share the touchdown record with 137, opened the ceremony by praising Stegall for breaking the record.

"If someone had to break the touchdown record, I'm glad it's you because you're such an ambassador to the CFL," Pringle said. "I hope you put the touchdown record out of reach so you can wear it a long time."

The night started with a video tribute on the scoreboard that showed the first 138 touchdowns of Stegall's career.

There's another record on the horizon for Stegall. He needs 748 receiving yards in his last 10 games to pass Allen Pitts and become the CFL's all-time leader.


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