Milt Stegall makes dream come true for Winnipeg teen with cerebral palsy
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:43PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:07PM CST
Milt Stegall came to Winnipeg Tuesday to make a teen broadcaster’s dream come true.
The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber receiver recently learned about Jordan Rogodzinski. The 17-year-old lives with cerebral palsy and hosts his own show, Jordan’s 411 Sports Show with the help of a production crew at his school.
"It has really been remarkable because when I started this two years ago now, I didn't think it would take off and to see my dream come true is pretty special, beyond special. I don't have many words right now, and that's not like me," joked Rogodzinski in an interview with CTV News Tuesday.
Recently Rogodzinski announced his goal to interview his idol Milt Stegall. Word got out to Stegall, a Canadian Football Hall of Famer and TSN broadcaster, and he agreed to fly to Winnipeg to be a guest on Rogodzinski’s show.
Stegall said meeting Rogodzinski helped reaffirm that coming to Winnipeg was the right thing to do.
"There's nothing in the world like this. I could score a billion touchdowns. I could go back and win 10 grey cups. But nothing can match this. This is a truly great experience that I'm going through,” said Stegall.
Rogodzinski is a grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate. On his show, Rogodzinski interviews high profile people from the sports world. Previous guests include Blue Bomber head coach, Mike O’Shea and former defensive lineman Doug Brown.
“Jordan is proof positive you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do,” said Miles M
acdonell principal Mark Bruce in a news release.
“He doesn’t let any sort of barrier divert him from his goals. He works tirelessly to contribute to the school and he appreciates the strong support he receives from the staff and students. Jordan is a role model and a difference-maker!”
Rogodzinski’s show airs on YouTube. Episodes have hundreds of views. He has become known for his sense of humour, interviewing skills and ease in front of the camera.
“Whatever you can set your mind to is possible,” said Rogodzinski.
“No offense to my other guests, but you're my favourite one of the them all,” said Rogodzinski to Stegall.