Ginebra lifer Jayjay Helterbrand calls it quits after 17 years

MANILA, Philippines – One of Ginebra’s most decorated players is walking away from the PBA for good.

Jayjay Helterbrand has finally decided to retire following a fruitful 17-year career in the PBA, highlighted by a Most Valuable Player award and 6 PBA championships.

In an interview with CNN Sports Desk host Andrei Felix, “Helter Skelter” said that Ginebra’s Governors’ Cup title they won last Friday, October 27, “would be his last as a player.”

EXCLUSIVE: Barangay Ginebra fan favorite Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirement from PBA #GinKingsOnSportsDesk — CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) October 30, 2017

He was supposed to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 season but with Ginebra ending an 8-year title drought with the Governors’ Cup title last year, he decided to play another season.

The 41-year-old was a direct hire by Ginebra in 2000 and spent all of his playing career in the PBA with the franchise.

He is also a 7-time PBA All-Star, a 2-time All-Star Game MVP and a 2-time member of the Mythical First team. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.