Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly Retires After 8 Seasons

Shawn Digity
January 14, 2020 - 8:54 pm
Luke Kuechly

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CHARLOTTE (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Carolina Panthers' all-star middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has retired.

Kuechly made his announcement official via a video on the Carolina Panther Twitter account.

The middle linebacker came out of Boston College and was the ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

He quickly adjusted to the speed of the NFL to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year and a place on the All-Rookie Team.

In 2013, Kuechly won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Kuechly was also the sack leader twice in his career, 2012 and 2014.

Kuechly, in his eight-year career, has earned Pro Bowl honors seven times, and either first- or second-team All-Pro honors seven times.

While Kuechly will end his career with eight seasons under his belt, the accolades and honors he received during his tenure is enough to build a strong Hall of Fame case.

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