Panthers Star Luke Kuechly Retires From NFL After 8 Seasons

Tanya Simon
January 15, 2020

Linebacker Luke Kuechly announced Tuesday night that he is retiring from the NFL.

It's a pretty shocking development.

Kuechly is 28-years old and has played in the National Football League for eight seasons, all with the Panthers after they drafted him ninth overall in the 2012 draft out of Boston College.

In an emotional retirement video, Luke says now is the right time for him to step away from the game.

"It makes me sad because I love playing this game", Kuechly said".

He said, "I think now is the right chance to move on". Unquestionably, he's one of the greatest players to ever wear a Carolina uniform and one of the best linebackers the game has ever seen. "At this point, I'm not sure if I'm able to do that anymore". That's the part that is most hard.

Kuechly's resume includes seven Pro Bowl nods, seven AP All-Pro selections with five on the first team, the Defensive Player of the Year award (2013) and the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award (2012).

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Panthers owner David Tepper released a statement on Kuechly's retirement.

Replacing Kuechly at this stage of his career, still seemingly in his prime, will be hard for the Panthers. It's obviously going to be very hard for all of us because we know that no player can replace what he's been for this organization for the last eight years.

With Kuechly gone, the Panthers lose one of their biggest locker room leaders at a time of transition.

In the video, Kuechly took time to mention that his decision had nothing to do with the Panthers' new coaching staff under Matt Rhule, but instead focused on what is best for him. The team faces a tough question at quarterback after Cam Newton's numerous recent injuries, a situation that carries even more intrigue after the hiring of LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady as offensive coordinator.

The 28-year-old linebacker said the decision had nothing to do with the head coaching change.

But Kuechly later said he wasn't concerned about concussions affecting his future. "For me, now is the right opportunity to move in a different direction".

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