A unique opportunity has prompted All-Canadian Matt Sewell to put his pro football career on hold and will return him to McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium as a Marauder for the 2013 Ontario University Athletic season.
Having just completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Sewell received his final grades this past week and discovered he had the one-time option of applying to pursue an accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the DeGroote School of Business.
In a media release issued by the Canadian Football League Toronto Argos, who drafted Sewell eighth overall in the 2013 CFL Draft, the Milton native made the following statement.
“The prospect of completing a Master’s degree in the next eight months so that I can then focus all of my efforts on my future as a professional football player was too good to pass up. I want to thank Jim Barker and the Argonauts organization for supporting me in this decision, and I look forward to reporting to training camp in 2014.”
Sewell’s return to the McMaster line-up is a huge bonus for the Marauders. He has been a starter since arriving on campus and is a four-time OUA All-Star at offensive tackle, and McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek knows Sewell’s presence will make the team better.
Matt Sewell (59) at the 2012 Yates Cup (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)
“We are extremely excited to work with Matt for one more year,” said Ptaszek, about Sewell’s decision to return to Mac. “I am also especially proud of him for his continuing commitment to his family and his education.”
Sewell told Marauders.ca that the MBA opportunity was unexpected and he had to make a fairly quick decision but he is looking forward to playing his final season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport eligibility in Maroon, adding “I think it’s going to be a great year.”
Matt Sewell career highlights
Started at left tackle for every game of his four-year varsity career, missing only the season opener in 2011 while recovering from a wrist injury suffered in training camp.
2009 – Played 10 games, 6-2 in regular season and 1-1 in playoffs, named OUA second-team all-star
2010- Played 10 games, 6-2 in regular season and 1-1 in playoffs, named OUA second-team all-star
2011- Played 11 games, 6-1 in regular season and 4-0 in playoffs, named OUA first-team all-star and CIS second-team all-Canadian. Yates Cup (OUA) and Vanier Cup (CIS) Champions.
2012- Played 12 games, 8-0 in regular season and 3-1 in playoffs, named OUA first-team all-star and CIS second-team all-Canadian. Yates Cup (OUA) Champions and Vanier Cup (CIS) finalists.
In games Matt started, McMaster had overall record of 35 and 8 – 26 and 5 in regular season and 9 and 3 in playoffs.