Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechly Steps Away From Football In Surprise Retirement Video

At only 28 years of age, All-Pro NFL linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the game of football.

Making the Pro-Bowl 7 out of his 8 seasons, Luke was arguably the best linebacker in the NFL. In 2012, he was named the NFL Rookie of the Year, and the following year, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Since 2012, no linebacker has had more tackles or more interceptions than Luke.

Unfortunately for Luke, he’s dealt with his share of head injuries, and made the decision that now was the right time to walk away.

“It’s a tough decision. I’ve thought about it a lot and I think now is the right chance for me to move on. It makes me sad because I love playing this game. I’ve played it since I was a little kid. It’s my favorite thing in the world to do. The memories I have from this place and organization and playing on the field with these guys… they’ll never go away.”

You hate to see a stud like Luke retire in what should be the prime of his career, but at the end of the day, he has to take care of himself. He’ll join Rob Gronkowski and Andrew Luck among the recent superstars that hung up the cleats before they turned 30.

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