Gene Makowsky ponders football future
Gene Makowsky, the newly elected Saskatchewan Party MLA for Regina Dewdney, says he is not sure what will become of his job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Makowsky is an offensive lineman for a team that did not enjoy success this season. The Roughriders won just five games in the regular season, chalking up 13 losses.
On Tuesday, after winning the Regina Dewdney seat from the incumbent NDP candidate Kevin Yates, Makowsky said the sense of victory had not yet sunk in.
"It was kind of a surreal feeling to see your name up there as an elected member," Makowsky said.
"I'm sure there'll be a lot of learning to do," he added.
When asked Tuesday if he plans to retire from football, Makowsky said he was not sure.
"There's a lot of stars that would have to align for me to play football again," he said.
Makowsky said he has yet to learn how much time his MLA duties will require him, during the football season.
"If there is any doubt, though, then that would be the end of it for football," he said.
However, Makowsky continued to dangle the possibility that he could play football and work as an MLA.
"If there is a slight chance that it could work, I guess I would take a look at it," he said.
Makowsky said he expected to make an announcement on football before Christmas.
He also said the team's wishes will also be a factor.
"I think I played well this past year, but ... I'm 38-years-old so they're always looking to get younger in pro sports," he said. "I still want to continue to pursue that."
Makowsky has been a professional football player for 17 years and said he is proud of what he has accomplished in that arena.
He said it would be nice to end his playing days on a more winning note.
"Certainly having the season we did have, it's not the way you want to go out," he said. "It's not the way you want to end your career. But, that's life."