Bombers Mike Miller sets CFL all-time record for special teams tackles

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TORONTO — Mike Miller is not exactly a household name for fans of the CFL, but he’ll be remembered for years to come in the Canadian football record books.

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Miller, a long-time fullback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, recorded three special teams tackles during Saturday’s 30-23 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, giving him 192 for his career.

That broke the record of 190, which was held for a long time by Jason Arakgi of the B.C. Lions, who retired after the 2016 season.

Miller has been a special teams demon throughout his 10-year CFL career and is widely respected around the league for his ability to bring down kick returners.

“Just trying to do my part again today, whatever it is, and just happened to have a few plays come my way and be able to make a few more tackles tonight,” the always-humble Miller said.

“I don’t know if I ever really thought I’d actually break the number. When (Arakgi) broke it, he was an unreal player and, definitely, when I came into the league in 2011 he’s a guy I had a lot of respect for, someone who was really dedicated to his craft.

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“But I don’t, really, know if I ever thought I would break it. I knew going into this game that there was an opportunity, but special teams tackles are not the easiest thing to come by. I just thought if it happened it happened.”

While Miller and the Bombers were not in much of a mood to celebrate a record, when they had just lost a game, there’s no doubt the players and coaches are happy for their special teams ace.

“He’s a lead-by-example kind of guy,” Bombers offensive lineman Pat Neufeld said. “He’s a guy that people look up to because he plays the game how it should be played. No one deserves that more than him because he puts the work in. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the win but that’s a bright spot for him and for us. “

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Miller, 32, was never drafted in the CFL and started out as a linebacker with the Edmonton Eskimos. He was converted to fullback and he does play on offence occasionally while excelling in special teams’ situations.

“It will be (a special moment) for the team when we get to digest it,” Bombers coach Mike O’Shea said. “And it will be for Mike Miller when he decides to think about it, sometime later in life, I imagine.

“I Imagine if you asked him right now, I know what he’s gonna say. But that shouldn’t diminish the fact that he’s been playing at such a high level in an extremely important facet of our beautiful Canadian game. He’s the best of all time. He’s not a prideful guy, he’s not going to dwell on this. But he should be happy about it.”

— Ted Wyman

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