Top 2022 CFL Draft prospect Adam Machart has announced his retirement from football just days before the league’s annual selection event.
The 24-year-old star running back for the University of Saskatchewan revealed the decision in a post on his Instagram account.
“The time has come for me to hang the cleats up. This is a crazy moment for me as anyone who knows me or anything about me knows I live and breathe this sport. I’ll forever be grateful for all the teammates, coaches and support staff I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to spend time with.
I will be pulling [out] from the CFL draft as it would not be right for me to let a team waste a pick when I have no intention of playing.
Thank you to everyone who has cheered for me and supported me throughout my career. It’s been a hell of a ride.”
The five-foot-seven, 189-pound ball carrier was named a U Sports first-team All-Canadian in back-to-back seasons with the Huskies, helping them reach the Vanier Cup in 2021. His best season came in 2019 when he rushed 156 times for a single-season school record 1,330 yards and eight touchdowns over eight regular season games, though he was passed over for the Hec Crighton Trophy.
In three U Sports season, Machart racked up 357 carries for 2,622 yards on the ground, 78 receptions for 814 yards through the air, and 25 total touchdowns. Prior to his arrival on campus, he was a three-time Canadian Junior Football League National Champion with his hometown Saskatoon Hilltops.
Though undersized, Machart was regarded by many as a viable CFL running back with a starting calibre skillset and a willingness to contribute on special teams. He was 3DownNation‘s second ranked backfield prospect entering the May 3 draft.