Former Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Clemson safety Jadar Johnson is retiring from football.
The former News19 Player of the Week was passed over in the draft and signed with the New York Giants. But he left camp over the weekend and his agent released the following statement:
"After seriously weighing his options, Jadar has decided to retire from football today to pursue other interests," the statement said. "This was not an easy decision to make, but it is the right decision for him. He has new ventures that he wants to pursue and he values his health. Jadar is very grateful to the Giants' organization for the opportunity they provided him. Ath this time, Jadar would like for the media to respect his and his family's privacy as he closes this chapter in his life."
Johnson's career totals are 106 tackles, nine interceptions, and 12 pass breakups in 54 games with 17 starts.
He was a career reserve with the Tigers until his senior season of 2016 when he was named First Team All-ACC. Johnson recorded 65 tackles, five interceptions and seven pass breakups. Johnson started all 15 games as the Tigers won the national championship.
Johnson was a hit at the national championship celebration as he took to the podium at Death Valley and delivered an eloquent speech where he credited his father with being one of the driving forces in his life.