March 21, 2006

Miller announces his retirement

He appeared in 159 regular season games and eight playoff contests with the team.
The Winnipeg product was a fourth round selection (37th overall) of the Blue Bombers in the 1995 Canadian College Draft.

 “I thoroughly enjoyed my 11 years playing for the Winnipeg Football Club,” Miller said. “I’ll continue to cheer on the team and support it in its pursuit of the Grey Cup.”

Miller ranks as the Bombers’ all-time leader in special teams tackles with 184. He twice led the CFL in special teams tackles in a season (35 in 1997 and 37 in 1999). His outstanding special teams play earned him CFL East Division All-Star honours in 1997 and again in 1999.

“Wade has enjoyed a long career with the Bombers and has been a great contributor on and off the field,” said Bombers President and CEO Lyle Bauer.

“I am sure that he will continue to tackle his off field aspirations with the same commitment he did on the field. We certainly want to wish him the best in future endeavors and welcome him to the Bomber alumni.”

Bombers G.M. Brendan Taman echoed those sentiments.

“Any time a guy leaves a profession he has done for so long it’s a hard thing to do,” Taman said. “Wade lived and died by how this team did. His efforts both on and off the field will be sorely missed.”

Miller worked tirelessly off the field as well as on it. He made countless community appearances of behalf of the Bombers and ran the successful Wade Miller Play with the Pros Football Camp.

His off-field accomplishments were recognized in 1996 and 1997 when he was the recipient of the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award. The award is given out annually to the Blue Bomber player who combines football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary community effort.

Miller was the second member of his family to play for the Blue Bombers. His father, Al, played for the Big Blue from 1965 until 1967 after playing for the Washington Redskins.