Dwayne Jarrett was quick. His career in pro football was quicker.
The former standout receiver from USC, who left school as the Pac-10’s all-time leader in touchdown catches, has retired from football at 25.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders, the last stop on his playing tour, announced his decision this week.
Jarrett, who was cut by the Carolina Panthers in 2010, three years after they selected him in the second round, was hoping to restart his career in the Canadian Football League.
Wiry strong at 6 feet 4 and 219 pounds, Jarrett had hoped to have a career more like Keyshawn Johnson. Instead, Jarrett’s NFL career never got off the ground. He had just three starts in three-plus years with the Panthers, with 35 receptions and one touchdown. Twice, he was cited for driving while impaired.
In three years as a starter for the Trojans, Jarrett had 41 touchdown catches. He was twice a consensus All-America before leaving college with a year of eligibility remaining.