Former Clemson center Jay Guillermo has decided his football career is over.
The two-time All-ACC center announced on Twitter on Wednesday morning he was leaving the game he loves.
“There comes a time in every athlete’s career where they have to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions they will ever have to make,” Guillermo wrote in his tweet. “My decision to retire from football is exactly that. I came to this decision far sooner than I ever imagined I would have to, but I’m thoroughly confident in my choice.”
Guillermo, who played for the Tigers from 2013-’16, was not drafted in April’s 2017 NFL Draft and was not picked up by an NFL team as a free agent either. He worked out for the Buffalo Bills after the draft and then signed with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts recently.
“I have loved football my entire life and it pains me to say goodbye and walk away from the sport that has given me and my family so much over the years,” Guillermo said. “However, I am widely excited to see what the next chapter of my life has in store for me. Thank you so much to the Clemson family for their undying love and sport throughout my career; it meant more to me than you will ever know.
“Thank you to Coach Swinney and Coach Caldwell and all of the Clemson staff for not only growing and developing me as an athlete, but also helping me to become a better man. Thank you to the Buffalo Bills and the Toronto Argonauts for allowing me to chase my dream of becoming a professional athlete. Thank you to my family and friends for continuously being there as a source of encouragement and love. Once again, I look forward to whatever God has in store for me moving forward and will always remember to stay ‘All In’ and ‘give 110 percent’ to everything I do.”
Guillermo was a first-team All-ACC selection for the Tigers this past season as he helped Clemson win its first national championship in 35 years back in January. He played in 46 games in his career, while starting 29 of them. He had 69 career knockdown blocks.