DLSU’s Jed Diamante is keeping his options open after abrupt end to UAAP Season 82

Santino Honasan on Apr 10, 2020 02:33 PM
DLSU’s Diamante keeping options open after UAAP 82's end
“It's family that brought me into football, and it's family that will make every moment worthwhile. I'll always cherish the sacred moments when I shared the field with Kuya Gelo and celebrated moments with Kuya Gio,” - Jed Diamante (FILE PHOTO)

De La Salle University Men’s Football team captain Jed Diamante will be one of those senior players who are hoping for another chance to don their school’s colors following the unfortunate cancellation of the rest of the UAAP Season 82 tournaments.

After being postponed for two weeks, the UAAP Season 82 football tournaments only ran for three match days before the spread of the highly-contagious COVID-19 virus in the Philippines prompted another halt in play.

April 7th, the UAAP officially cancelled the remainder of the season due to the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon until April 30th to combat the spread of the deadly virus. 

Diamante and a number of this season’s graduating players are hoping that they can properly finish their collegiate careers next year.

But Diamante admits that if the powers-that-be do decide to grant the seniors one more year, he’s going to have to think it over very well.

“It may depend on what the rules will be regarding the eligiblity,” Diamante told ABS-CBN Sports. “In terms of my classes, my academic units can only go as far as Term 3 in DLSU. However, it will take some processing pa when all the details have been established.”

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It this is indeed Diamante’s final stand in the UAAP, he says he’s nothing but grateful for the experience.

“Hopefully it’s not [my last year] but if it were, then what I can say is I enjoyed every second of it. By being able to wear the Green and White alone opened so many opportunities for me to grow as a student-athlete and as a person.”

Diamante followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Gio and Gelo. All three Diamante brothers got to wear the captain’s armband during their stints with the Green Archers.

“It's family that brought me into football, and it's family that will make every moment worthwhile. I'll always cherish the sacred moments when I shared the field with Kuya Gelo and celebrated moments with Kuya Gio,” Diamante said.

“I’m very fortunate that my very first football idols were there with me every step of the way, helping improve my craft and guiding me how to manage the team,” he added.

Diamante also highlighted the relationships that he was able to forge during his time as a collegiate athlete.

“I’ll also keep close to my heart the connections that were built throughout the years with my family on the field - my teammates and coaches. I'm profoundly blessed to have experienced all the challenges and victories with this group of respectable and genuine men.”

“If I could highlight one significant takeaway from being a college football player, it's to nurture and treasure the relationship with everyone you encounter, may they be your teammates, classmates, coaches, professors, office staff, or therapists, because at the end of the day, the experiences and opportunities we have with them will eventually mold who we will be. These friendships may likely transcend beyond college or football and form our foundation for the real game of life,” Diamante continued.

Now, the next step may be uncertain, but Diamante says he’s keeping his options open.

Apart from being a standout on the pitch, Diamante is also an ace student and is excelling in his chosen course of Civil Engineering and will be preparing to take the board exams soon.

“I prefer to open myself to all possible opportunities as of now,” Diamante shared. “A football career beyond college is highly likely, and I'll also be preparing soon for the board exams.”

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