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"Happy Retirement" Rico Maierhofer calls it a career

by Niel Victor Masoy, April 12, 2019 9:02pm

Rico Maierhofer is now hanging his sneakers for good.

The 6-foot-6 forward announced his decision to retire from professional basketball in an Instagram post on Friday afternoon.

"Happy Retirement," Maierhofer began in his lengthy post.

"It was truly a wonderful experience, but unfortunately, due to injury prone career I am announcing my early retirement in playing professional basketball."

Maierhofer, 33, was hailed as the 2010 PBA Rookie of the Year but after his promising rookie season, injuries befell the 2009 second overall pick - the first in the list was an ACL injury back in the 2011 Commissioner's Cup. 

Still, Maierhofer went on to play a total of eight seasons in the pros that saw him won two championships - one with the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants (now Magnolia Hotshots) in the 2010 Philippine Cup and another with the San Miguel Beermen in the 2015 Philippine Cup.

The former UAAP champion also embellished his career with a two-time All-Star selection - one in 2010 and another in 2012.

As his PBA career ended in 2017 with the GlobalPort (now NorthPort) BatangPier, Maierhofer - a former De La Salle University standout - moved to the ASEAN Basketball League where he helped the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas clinch the 2018 title.

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