Panthers Star Luke Kuechly Retires From NFL After 8 Seasons

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announces retirement from NFL

Luke Kuechly retires from NFL in surprising announcement

Selected 9th overall by the Panthers, the Boston College alum was expected to contribute occasionally alongside Jon Beason and the oft-injured Thomas Davis.

We wish Kuechly the best in retirement. His 18 interceptions are the most by a linebacker in the league since 2012 and the third most in franchise history. Or no longer it is obviously going to be very appealing for all of us because we know that no player can change what he is been for this organization for the final eight years. Kuechly was a first- or second-team All-Pro every season since 2013. It was a pleasure to watch him play these past eight years. An incredibly high level of play for a sustained period of time like that is extraordinarily difficult and will be hard to emulate unless your name is Bobby Wagner or Lavonte David. He was an incredible linebacker but is regarded as a phenomenal person off the field.

A Renewed Focus on Health?

Other notable players who have retired at the top of their game include Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

Good for Luke Kuechly.

Kuechly took to social media to formally announce his departure from pro football at the age of 28.

Following today's news, former teammates and some of the NFL's biggest names paid tribute to the star defensive player. A cavalcade of honors are sure to follow for Luke from a team that will be looking to celebrate one of its finest champions.

Kuechly filmed his goodbye video in the Panthers' linebacker room where he spent so many hours of his career.

The Panthers now hold the No. 7 overall pick in the 2020 National Football League draft, which is in flawless range to land Simmons, especially if multiple quarterbacks come off the board ahead of them. Carolina defeated New Orleans 41-38. For much of the 2019 season, he brought on more questions by being non-committal.

Replacing Kuechly's leadership on the field will be another matter entirely. You know what? He made a decision that was best for him.

Kuechly's career is certainly one to celebrate, just not by a Bucs fan.

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