Luke Kuechly Retires From NFL At Age 28

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2020

Kuechly was also the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

Kuechly finishes his career with 1,092 tackles, which is the most by any player since coming into the league in 2012 as a first round pick out of Boston College. It's my favorite thing to do in the world. The memories I have from this place and this organization and being on the field with these guys, they will never go away.

Luke Kuechly is walking away.

He was part of three teams that claimed the NFC South title (2013-15), and he helped get the Panthers to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history in 2015.

Why did Luke Kuechly retire?

"At this point, I don't know if I am able to do that anymore". 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. That's the part that is most hard. "I think we have a really good linebacking room". With Ron Rivera being fired and Matt Rhule taking over, Kuechly made sure to mention that his decision had nothing to do with the new coaching staff.

After reaching double-digit wins three times in the span of five years, the Panthers finished 5-11 this season. 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. It was an unexpected announcement from the 28 year old, who made seven Pro Bowls in eight seasons.

While he was still one of the NFL's most dominant defenders, Kuechly said Tuesday that he was calling it a career. "He's going to do a fantastic job, his track record's proven".

"In my heart, I know it's the right thing to do".

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