Gene Makowsky

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Gene Makowsky
Date of birth (1973-04-17) April 17, 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) G/OT
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 270 lb (120 kg)
University Saskatchewan
High school Walter Murray Collegiate
CFL draft 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23
Drafted by Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career history
As player
1995-2011 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
CFL West All-Star

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

* Grey Cup champion (2007)
Career stats
Gene Makowsky
MLA for Regina Dewdney
Assumed office
Preceded by Kevin Yates
Personal details
Political party Saskatchewan Party

Gene Makowsky (born April 17, 1973) is a politician and a retired professional Canadian football offensive lineman who played 17 seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Early life[edit]

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Makowsky graduated high school from Walter Murray Collegiate.

University of Saskatchewan[edit]

During his 4 years at the University of Saskatchewan, Makowsky helped the U of S Huskies to two Hardy Cup Championships, as well as being named to the Canada West All Star team in 1994. He was selected 23rd overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1995 CFL Draft.

CFL career[edit]

Makowsky played 17 seasons in the CFL—all with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He earned the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 2004 and 2005 and was a finalist for the award in 2008. He was a 5 time CFL All Star and a West Division All Star for seven consecutive years (2004 through 2010). On August 5, 2011, Makowsky made history, playing in his 272nd game, surpassing Roger Aldag for most games played by a Saskatchewan Roughrider.[1]

After Saskatchewan defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2007 Grey Cup game, Makowsky was presented the Grey Cup by Commissioner Mark Cohon.

Makowsky retired from the CFL on February 17, 2012, after playing in 16 playoff games, 4 Grey Cup games, and a Saskatchewan Roughrider record 284 regular season games.[2] In 2015, he will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[3]

Political career[edit]

Makowsky was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the 2011 provincial election. He represents the Saskatchewan Party in the constituency of Regina Dewdney.[4]

Popular Culture[edit]

Makowsky, along with his then teammate Matt Dominguez, made a cameo appearance in the Corner Gas episode "Reader Pride".