Northwest Athlete Profile: Sean Millington

CFL Football: Sean Millington

Date of birth: February 1, 1968 (age 44)
Place of birth: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position(s): RB
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 237 lb (108 kg)
University: Simon Fraser
CFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Drafted by: Edmonton Eskimos

Sean Millington was born February 1, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He would go on to become one of the most decorated Canadian fullbacks ever to play in the CFL. Millington was a sports star from an early age, playing rugby for Carson Graham Secondary School and eventually football.

It was not long before Millington realized his passion for football and it led him to Simon Fraser University where he would star for the Clan.

After University, Millington would try his luck in the pro ranks first trying out for the New York Giants of the NFL and eventually settling in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos before the 1990 season.

He would play 1 season in Edmonton, seven seasons with the BC Lions, and one season with Winnipeg, one more season with Edmonton, three more with BC before ending his career in 2005 with the Toronto Argonauts.

It was in Edmonton his second time around that Millington set a record for yardage by a Canadian running back when he went for 225 yards on 29 carries in a game against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders on October 30, 1999. It was in British Columbia however that Millington cemented his legend in the CFL.

He won two Grey Cups with the Lions and gained the honor of Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in the 88th Grey Cup game in 2000. During that season, Millington hit the magical 1000 yard rushing mark – 1010 yards on 156 carries and ran for 6 touchdowns, while sharing the backfield duties with import Robert Drummond.

He is the most recent Canadian fullback to have rushed for 1000 yards in a season.

Sean Millington

Northwest Athlete Profile: Sean Millington

After retirement in 2003 and before a brief comeback attempt, Millington began his broadcast career joining TSN for their pre-game and half time shows.

After two years on the CFL panel Millington decided to give football one more chance in a comeback that was fairly successful until a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his career in a game on October 22nd. Millington would rejoin his broadcast crew at TSN.

As an aside, Millington took on some rather high profile acting roles such as the movie Are We There Yet? with rapper Ice Cube, and Underworld: Evolution with Kate Beckinsale. Millington has also appeared in the television series Blade: The Series, as Bad Blood member, Bolt.

Millington has also spent time as a personal trainer and did some time as a business development rep with the wealth management company Sentry Select. Today Millington acts as an investment advisor for TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice.

Wow – the dude is well rounded wouldn’t you say?

During his career Millington was named CFL West Division All-Star – five times; CFL All-Star – three times; CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Player in the West Division – three times; CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award – two times; and was named as BC Lions’ nominee for the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian – four times, before his retirement.


1990–1991 – Edmonton Eskimos
1991–1997 – BC Lions
1998 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1999 – Edmonton Eskimos
2000–2002 – BC Lions
2005 – Toronto Argonauts

Career highlights and awards

-82nd Grey Cup and 88th Grey Cup winner

CFL All-Star: 1993, 1994, 2000
CFL West All-Star: 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000

Awards: CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award (1997, 2000)
Dick Suderman Trophy (2000)

Records: BC Lions single game rushing record (212 yards) August 15, 1997
Edmonton Eskimos single game rushing record (225 yards) October 30, 1999

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