"Raging Bull" makes his PBA exit

Paul Lintag on Sep 28, 2017 07:55 PM
"It has been a privilege to be part of [the] most prestigious league in our country." --- Enrico Villanueva.

After 14 seasons in the PBA, Enrico Villanueva is calling it quits.

Following NLEX's loss to Star in the 2017 Governors' Cup quarterfinals Tuesday, the former Ateneo Blue Eagle is walking away from the game.

Posting on his Instagram account, the 37-year-old Villanueva thanked the PBA and Ateneo for a career that included a championsips for both Red Bull and the Blue Eagles.

"It has been a privilege to be part of [the] most prestigious league in our country," Villanueva said in his post.

"I'd like to say thank you to my family, to the PBA - organizations, coaches, teammates, team staffs and the fans. Special mention to my Ateneo family who have been there from the start," he added.

After starring in Katipunan, Villanueva was drafted by the now defunct Barako in 2003, eventually leading the team to the 2005-2006 Fiest Conference championship at the expense of James Yap and Purefoods. He was Finals MVP of that series.

His PBA career included stops with San Miguel, Purefoods, Ginebra, Globalport, and NLEX where he had the chance to reunite with head coach Yeng Guiao, that man that drafted him to the pros.

Guiao is grateful he got the chance to coach his former player again, even though Villanueva's final season was plagued by recurring injuries.

"He's created a lot of good memories, especially when we were together in Red Bull. He's financially stable, so we don't have to worry about Rico, I don't have to worry about Rico he's going to be able to take care of himself," Guiao said of Villanueva.

"It's been a privilege coaching him when he started, and when he's ending. Yun nga problema nya the last few months was that maybe his body was giving up on him already so that is the time to call it quits and enjoy the rest of his young life pero nagawa na niya yung gusto niyang gawin with the basketball career that's really more than anyone can ask for," he added.



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