Eskimos’ Canadian DL Mark Mackie retires from the CFL

Canadian defensive lineman Mark Mackie has retired from the Canadian Football League following admission to the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University.

“I want to thank the Edmonton Eskimos organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing football professionally. It has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of the Eskimos and represent the city of Edmonton,” Mackie said.

“I am excited to start this new adventure. The past two years have been the best years of my life and I want to thank my coaches, teammates, team staff and Eskimo fans for making Edmonton feel like home. I look forward to cheering on the green and gold for years to come – once an Eskimo, always an Eskimo!

The native of London, Ontario, was selected by Edmonton in the eighth round of the 2017 CFL Draft. In 29 career games, he recorded four defensive tackles, 14 special teams tackles and one quarterback sack.

“The Eskimos thank Mark for his effort and contributions. He embodied all of the traits we look for in an Eskimo, on and off the field,” Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland said.

“We wish him all the best in medical school.”