Stamps prospect walks away

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have lost one of their top prospects.

Last year's first-round draft pick Mike Gyetvai has decided to walk away from football after an injury-plagued five-year career at Michigan State.

"I'm just too banged up," the 23-year-old told the Windsor Star. "I've got bad knees, a bad back, a bad shoulder. I'm hurting now. What am I going to feel like when I'm 40?"

The Stamps selected Gyetvai with the third overall pick in last year's Canadian college draft. The 6-ft.-7, 307-lb. Oldcastle, Ont., product could have challenged for the starting offensive left tackle position.

The team's offensive line will be revamped this season with the retirement of veteran left guard Jay McNeil and the pending free-agency of left tackle Garrick Jones.

Aside from Gyetvai, the Stamps did well in last year's draft. Fellow first-round pick Justin Phillips played linebacker and defensive line in 2007, third-round pick Pat MacDonald will be the team's long-snapper this season and receiver Greg Hetherington (sixth round) spent last season on the practice roster.

Two other picks, receiver Kevin Challenger and Jabari Arthur, are eligible for the NFL draft but could end up at the Stamps' training camp.

Gyetvai, who was eligible for the NFL draft as well, started 23 games for the Spartans during his career and played a variety of positions.

During high school, he had two knee surgeries and battled back and shoulder problems.


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