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Journeyman Jay-R Reyes, 37, calls it a career

Jay-R Reyes has decided to call it quits.

The veteran center, who will turn 37 on July 16, announced his retirement from basketball via social media Saturday afternoon.

“Twenty years, ten teams, one love,” his post opened.

“It has been a true blessing to be able to devote more than half of my life to my first love. Now, I am officially announcing my retirement from basketball.”

A former Letran Squire and a UP Maroon, Reyes began his PBA journey in 2006 when he was carried over by expansion team Welcoat from its PBL team.

He immediately made a mark, earning a spot in the All-Rookie Team in 2007 along with Kelly Williams, Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio, and Jireh Ibanes.

Two years later, the 6-foot-7 big man became an All-Star and then made it to the Mythical Second Team at the season’s end.

Reyes was with Rain or Shine until 2011 as he was traded to Air21. He then suited up for Alaska, Meralco, Ginebra, San Miguel, and Columbian.

He won his four PBA championships with the Beermen, including the first three of the franchise’s unprecedented Philippine Cup five-peat.

Reyes spent his final season with Phoenix Super LPG last year, playing for a total of eight games in the Philippine Cup bubble in Clark.

“I am extremely grateful to God, my wife, kids, family, and friends who have supported me throughout this journey,” he wrote.

“To all the team owners, my teammates, coaches, ball boys, physical therapists, and my fans — I would not have been able to be where I am if not for all of you.

To close out his announcement, Reyes expressed excitement for what awaits him and his family, as he opens a new chapter of his life.

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“Excited for what God has in store for me and my family in the coming seasons. I may be turning over my jersey, but my love for the jumpball will always be in my heart.”

“Jay-r Reyes, signing off.”

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Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

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