Valentino Calvo officially ended his NCAA career due to a torn ACL injury.
Benilde’s Football team captain Valentino Calvo won’t be wearing the green and white jersey in this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football tournament due to a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, ending his supposed fifth and final year for the Taft team.
In a Facebook post yesterday, the Cebu native broke the news after finding out the result of his recent injury. Calvo mentioned his devastation and and how his dream was cut short due to the mishap.
“Through 15 years of playing the beautiful game of football, I never thought I’d end my football career like this. Another torn [ACL], my [third] one, forced me to be ineligible for my last NCAA season and I am devastated. I told myself that this coming NCAA season would be the last tournament I’d play as a football player. But with what happened I guess that dream would be cut short,” Calvo wrote.
“Nonetheless, I know God has a better plan for me and [I can’t] wait to know what that plan is. So for now I would like to say goodbye to the most beautiful game, you’ve made me who I have come to be today. I would like to thank everyone who believed in me from day one, to everyone who had my back when nobody else did, to everyone who pulled me up when I was down, and to everyone who was with me in my amazing journey,” he added.
The team captain was also selected to represent the Philippines in the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) this year but could not participate due to a pulled hamstring injury.
In the previous season, through Calvo’s efforts, the Blazers finished second behind the San Beda College Red Lions.
The NCAA Football tournament will begin in November.
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