Saskatchewan CFL all-star Makowsky changes sports, will try tackling politics

Veteran Saskatchewan Roughriders lineman Gene Makowsky is looking to tackle a new career in politics.

REGINA — Veteran Saskatchewan Roughriders lineman Gene Makowsky is looking to tackle a new career in politics.

Premier Brad Wall has announced that Makowsky, 37, will run for the governing Saskatchewan Party in the provincial election next November.

Makowsky will run in the constituency of Regina Dewdney, which has long been held by New Democrat Kevin Yates.

The Saskatoon-born Makowsky has been with the Riders for all of his 16 years in the Canadian Football League and is a five-time CFL all-star.

Makowsky also works as a substitute teacher in Regina.

In 2008, the premier — who is an avid Riders fan — appointed Makowsky to do a report on the state of minor football in communities across the province.