Milt Stegall broke his 40-hour silence yesterday, saying he will make a decision about his career "in due time."
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback, who didn't speak to the media after Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 95th Grey Cup, avoided answering all questions about the game and said he'll talk with his family about his future.
"What happened in the Grey Cup, what happened this season, has no bearing on what the decision is going to be," Stegall said.
"Definitely I still have it in me, I still enjoy it. But that's not one of the factors that goes into if I'm going to play or if I'm not going to play."
Stegall, who is now 0-2 in Grey Cup games, has said there's a 99.9% chance he'll retire. Last year he made the decision to come back for a 13th season in mid-December.
Refusing to talk about the Grey Cup, Stegall instead spoke about how he was proud of his team's grit this season.
"Nobody gave us a chance of getting that far," he said. "Especially the way we kind of lingered a bit in the last third of the season. And we got to the playoffs and beat Montreal and went to Toronto and nobody gave us a chance.
"And then nobody gave us a chance (in the Grey Cup) because of our situation, and then that came down to the last drive."
NO CANADA? Bombers defensive end Tom Canada is one of eight potential free agents, and he had some peculiar answers yesterday about his future.
- On his football future: "That's all up to my agent and this organization. It's out of my hands. I'll tell him to do what he needs to do. He's going to find the best opportunity for me. I don't know where that is."
- On if he wants to return to Winnipeg: "I love football. But now my focus is on rafting." (Canada is heading to Honduras for the winter to be a whitewater raft guide)
- On what Bomber fans should think about his potential return: "They should come to Honduras and ask me."
BACK TO SCHOOL: Another potential free agent is the nation's most famous backup quarterback these days, Ryan Dinwiddie.
The California native, who turned 27 yesterday, would like to return to the Bombers but wants to take a step back first.
"I'm not going to make any rash decisions or anything," said Dinwiddie, who plans to go back to Boise State University and finish his social sciences degree. "I'm just going to go home and reflect on the season."
TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Head coach Doug Berry confirmed that 40-year-old Troy Westwood will compete for both the punting and placekicking jobs in training camp.
"If Westwood comes in next year and is showing that he's capable of it, then we'll be able to go in that direction," Berry said. "He was certainly capable of it the last four games we played this year."