The Carolina Panthers’ official Twitter account posted a video from 28-year-old linebacker Luke Kuechly, announcing his retirement in the NFL.

Kuechly began his career with the Panthers as the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent eight seasons with the organization and was considered to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

This past season, Kuechly tallied 144 tackles, four tackles for loss, 12 pass deflections, and two interceptions. Over his eight-year career, the veteran linebacker combined for 1,092 tackles, 75 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and 18 interceptions. He also made the Pro Bowl in seven of his eight seasons, and was named an All-Pro five times as an inside linebacker.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly announces retirement at 28


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