CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the Carolina Panthers after eight seasons.
“In my heart, I know it’s the right thing to do," Kuechly said in a video posted to the Carolina Panthers Twitter account Tuesday night.
Kuechly was a first-round pick in 2012.
"I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play this game since I was in fourth grade and I've been with the Panthers now for eight years," Kuechly said in the video. "It's never the right time to step away but now is the right time for me. 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 this game, I've played it since I was a little kid and it's my favorite thing in the world to do. The memories I have from this place and this organization and playing on the field with these guys will never go away."
He thanked the fans for being with him and the team through the good and the bad.
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