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). He became the face behind concussion protocol when he was carted off the field sobbing in 2016. Given the intense and physical nature of his game and the constant effort he made in one of the most demanding football positions, there was always the possibility that he would withdraw from the game on his terms. Those numbers show just how dominant Kuechly was in his 118 career games with the Panthers. "Everybody involved in this organization has been the best from top to bottom from the day I got here", Kuechly said.
He says he only knows one way to play the game - hard and fast.
"While I wish we could have him for many more years, he has done everything the right way and we respect the decision that he's made", Panthers owner David Tepper said.More news: Democrats release new documents on eve of impeachment trial
Kuechly was part of three NFC South championships and helped the Panthers reach the Super Bowl I'm 2015. I've thought about it a lot. The Panthers fired Ron Rivera during the season and recently hired Matt Rhule as their new head coach.
Kuechly is one of the most accomplished linebackers in the National Football League despite playing for just eight seasons.
Unfortunately, injuries and concussions limited what would have and might still be a hall of fame career.More news: Soleimani Awarded Syria's Medal of Honor, Posthumously Promoted After US Strike
His one-time high school coach, Steve Specht, texted him as soon as he heard the news. It's what I like to do most in the world The memories I have of this place and this organization and of playing in the field with these boys will never go away.
Kuechly went on to discuss his decision in what proved to be an emotional video for the All-Pro linebacker, who's just 28 years old. Luke was arguably the best linebacker in the league ever since entering the NFL way back in 2012 as a first-round pick out of Boston College.More news: You Season 3 Renewed By Netflix as Story Relocates