Panthers' Kuechly Announces Plans To Retire


Published on January 15 2020 6:06 am
Last Updated on January 16 2020 6:07 am

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announced Tuesday night that he plans to retire from the NFL. The 28-year-old fought back tears in a video posted on social media, saying, “There's only one way to play this game since I was a little kid -- play fast, play physical and play strong. And at this point I don't know if I am able to do that anymore.” Kuechly didn't explain why he can't play that way anymore, but ESPN noted that from 2015 to 2017, he missed seven games due to concussions.


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