Sean Millington rejoining Argonauts
Sean Millington is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Toronto Argonauts — again.
Millington, 39, confirmed Wednesday that he passed a team physical, paving the way for his return to Toronto, where he played in 2005.
"I want to be the oldest running back to play in a CFL game," Millington told reporter Doug Harrison of CBCSports.ca.
"You only get so many opportunities in life."
Millington hoped to suit up Saturday at Montreal (CBC, 3 p.m. ET), but hasn't yet finalized contract details, so likely won't rejoin the Argonauts until next week.
Millington originally retired five years ago to become a television analyst with the CFL on CBC, but he returned to the field with Toronto on Aug. 22, 2005.
The Vancouver native looked comfortable at fullback, rushing 24 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in seven games for the Argonauts.
But the comeback was derailed by a ruptured right Achilles tendon sustained in the second quarter of a 49-23 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 24, 2005.
"I have been confident in the Achilles for a long time," Millington said. "I could have played last year — and did talk about it briefly then — but the whole Ricky Williams thing was coming down the pipe, so I'm glad I didn't."
Focusing on special teams
This time around, Millington expects to contribute primarily on special teams — with "the odd play here or there on offence."
"I can bring a level of intensity and passion to special teams," he said. "It's an area that's been up and down for the Argos this season and something I'm passionate about and excel at.
"As far as challenging for running back, I think, at this point, I'm the backup. But I was low on the depth chart in 2005 and a bunch of games later I was starting."
Millington is a three-time all-star and two-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award, rushing for 6,086 yards and 75 touchdowns with the Edmonton Eskimos, British Columbia Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Argonauts.
He was selected the top Canadian in the 2000 Grey Cup, won 28-26 by the Lions over the Alouettes.
"I'm in pretty good shape," Millington said. "There is a difference between being in game shape, and being in training shape, but the flipside is I'm not that far off."
With files from the Canadian Press