Panthers' 28-Year-Old Linebacker Luke Kuechly Stuns NFL With Retirement

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA- DECEMBER 29 Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA- DECEMBER 29 Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium

Through his decorated career, Kuechly was a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team All Pro, 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. "I still want to play, but I don't think it's the right decision". However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision. It's my favorite thing to do in the world.

"I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play this game since I was in fourth grade", Kuechly said.

The Panthers drafted Kuechly with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 National Football League draft after a decorated career at Boston College. The memories I have from this place and this organization and being on the field with these guys - they'll never go away. "At this point, I don't know if I'm able to do that anymore and that's the part that is the most hard".

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.

Jordan Henderson named England Men's Player of the Year
The right-back, 28, helped the Lionesses win the SheBelieves Cup for the first time as well as reaching the World Cup semi-finals. Henderson made seven England appearances previous year , passing the 50-cap mark during a 5-1 away win against Montenegro.

"There's only one way to play this game, since I was a little kid, is to play fast and play physical and play strong", Kuechly said in the video.

"Beyond his extraordinary performance on the field, Luke has had a tremendous impact on this organization and region", owner David Tepper said. "I think we have a really good linebacking room".

Kuechly suffered a notable concussion on November 17, 2016, when he left the field after a collision with a Saints player. He returned an interception back for a touchdown in the divisional matchup against Seattle and the conference championship game versus Arizona - two plays that will forever live in Panthers lore.

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