Former Clemson OL retires from football


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Former Clemson center Jay Guillermo has decided to hang up his cleats as he will retire from football and start the next chapter of his life.

"There comes a time in every athlete's career where they have to make one of the most difficult and painful decision they will ever have to make, Guillermo tweeted. "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 am thoroughly confident in my choice. 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. However, I am wildly excited to see what this next chapter of my life has in store for me. Thank you so much to the Clemson family for their undying love and support 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 say "All In" and "give 110%" to everything I do."

Guillermo signed with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts back in May and also had a tryout with the Buffalo Bills.

He was a two-time All-ACC starting center for the Tigers and posted 69 knockdown blocks in 2,552 snaps over 46 games (29 starts) in his career.


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