After 12 years of playing for eight different teams, Doug Kramer had put away his jersey for good.

The 36-year-old retired from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). In a lengthy Instagram post, the husband of Cheska Garcia shared the reason he did so.

“I started playing basketball for the love of the game and I’m retiring because I respect the game,” he began. “It has given me so much, and my way of leaving is to give others a chance. My slot will be a dream come true for the next player up.”

Doug said he retired knowing he’s still healthy, with no major injuries throughout his career.

“I don’t want to wait till my body is breaking down, or till mentally I’m drained of the daily routine of training. I’m moving on because I choose to do so,” he said, pointing out that “basketball is not forever.”

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DOUG KRAMER (Instagram)

“And I never made it to become my only avenue. It’s very temporal. I’m 36 years young and still so much to do.”

Had he not played basketball, Doug revealed he would have joined the military.

“If it weren’t for basketball, I wouldn’t have seen much places. I’ve played all around the Philippines, some parts of Asia and even in the US. I started this journey playing basketball in Baguio City, and eventually made my move in Manila to play for Ateneo. That was 2002, 17 years ago! If it weren’t for basketball, I probably would have joined the military, since that was the original plan mid high school, but things fell into place for basketball,” he said.

But if it weren’t for basketball, he said he wouldn’t have been able to meet Cheska – and that means no Kendra, Scarlett and Gavin too.

“…If it weren’t for the Lord in my life, basketball and everything else wouldn’t make sense. I want to give God more opportunity to work in my life, and what better way than leaving my comfort zone. I’ll do what I can, God will do the rest,” he said.

“To end, here’s a favorite quote of mine. ‘A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.’ So I’m leaving knowing one thing. The ball is in my hands.”

Cheska expressed support for her husband.

She commented, “Even as you wife I am always inspired by you. Wise in words, motivational, and a hard worker. On to the next chapter of your life… Our life. I love you.”

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The 32-year-old face of the Philippine National Football team has retired.

“Hanging up my boots! Thank you to my bosses, my coaches, team mates, competitors and all the supporters who have been part of my journey…,’ Phil Younghusband wrote, posting a caricature of himself in his iconic No. 10 jersey.

With an international career spanning 13 years, Phil opted to finish his career as the country’s top goal scorer with 52 goals in 108 caps.

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PHIL YOUNGHUSBAND (Instagram)

Phil’s 50th international goal was a last-minute penalty kick in the Philippines’ 2-1 victory over Tajikistan which booked the Azkals on a plane to the United Arab Emirates for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Phil got married earlier this year. At the end of his post, he hinted at new ventures.

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