February 8, 2024

Black History Month feature: Milt Stegall

Milt Stegall Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Photo John Bradley

During Black History Month this February, we salute some of the black players who have played significant roles in the Blue Bombers’ long history.

Today: Milt Stegall – receiver from 1995-2008

Milt Stegall’s name is plastered everywhere in the Canadian Football League and Blue Bombers record books – and for obvious reason.

He is the league’s all-time touchdown leader with 147 and set the single-season mark with 23 scores in 2002. And when he retired in 2008 after a sensational career – all with the Blue Bombers – he held the league records for receiving yards, receptions, 1,000-yard receiving seasons and most seasons leading the team in receiving.

That only captures part of the imprint Stegall made on the CFL and in Manitoba and continues to do so to this day as an analyst on CFL on TSN telecasts while still giving back to the community here.  He admittedly first arrived in Winnipeg in 1995 seeing it as an opportunity to springboard back to the NFL, but along the way fell in love with this town, this team and this league.

“I loved everything about my 14 years in Winnipeg. The fans, the Banjo Bowl… all of it. And it went by like that because it was such a great time. Those 14 years seem like a day because I enjoyed every single minute of it. I wouldn’t change one thing about the 14 years I spent in the CFL and Winnipeg.”

A six-time CFL All-Star, Stegall was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame in 2012.