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Stegall Sets All-Time CFL Touchdown Record
By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: July 28, 2007
WINNIPEG — Mission accomplished. And then some. Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall set an all-time CFL record on Friday night, scoring his 138th and 139th career touchdowns against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 36-18 win. The first score moved him ahead of CFL legends George Reed and Mike Pringle, making Stegall the most prolific scorer in CFL history. With the Blue Bombers situated on the Hamilton one-yard line and leading 7-6, quarterback Kevin Glenn faked a handoff to running back Charles Roberts, shuffled to his right, and made a short toss to Stegall who was running a sweep pattern. Stegall jumped away from a diving Tiger-Cat crossing the goal line. Stegall immediately pointed to the sky and was mobbed by teammates. An appreciative sell-out crowd of 29,533 gave him a thunderous ovation. Following the convert, the game was stopped momentarily for a brief ceremony at midfield, hosted by TSN’s Brian Williams. After thanking Charlie Taaffe and the Ticats for allowing for the celebration, Stegall thanked God, his family and the CFL fans, specifically the Blue Bombers fans who have supported him for 13 seasons. After the game, Stegall told CJOB Radio that he actually messed up on the play. “I was supposed to be behind Kevin,” admitted Stegall. “I was going so fast I was actually in front of him. I guess if I had broken it with a running play that would have been crazy breaking the record of two running backs.” Stegall was well aware of the fans celebrating in the stands. “These fans have supported not only me but this organization, and the fact that they’ve been coming out here and supporting us and selling out the stadium for all the home games, it’s amazing. Hopefully they keep it up now.” The Blue Bombers have played in front of three consecutive sell-outs at home in anticipation of Stegall’s record. Late in the game with the Blue Bombers leading 29-18, Stegall caught another spectacular touchdown pass with 1:38 remaining in regulation (ironically, the time matched the new record). Stegall reached out for the ball and let his momentum carry him across the goal line. “Kevin, we’re starting to get that little thing Khari (Jones) and I had,” praised Stegall. “It was supposed to be a running play, but we saw nothing was over there and he threw it up to me and I made a pretty good catch.” “We’re starting to get that ‘Wonder-Twin Powers’ thing.” It may have been a one-yard score for the record, but it was mostly Stegall the entire touchdown drive. Following a six-yard run by Roberts, Stegall caught a 15-yard pass for a first down. The TD king then ate up a ton of yardage with a 42-yard reception. After Glenn lost nine yards on a sack, Stegall leapt up for a 20-yard catch and was tackled right on the one-yard line to set up the historic touchdown. Stegall led all receivers with eight receptions for 140 yards, giving him 406 yards for the season. And if Stegall is looking for another record to break, he is just 898 yards from catching Allen Pitts as the all-time CFL receiving yards king. Let Mission 14,891 officially begin.