Luke Kuechly Retired From Football At Age 28, But His Legacy Will Keep Pounding Forever
Start writing a post

The teams I root for in the NFL are the Giants, Panthers, and anyone who plays against the Patriots.

On January 14th, 2019, I got a text message from my uncle saying "oh my your boy is retiring." My immediate thought was Eli Manning. While he hasn't officially said he is retiring yet, everyone assumes the announcement is coming soon. After a quick google search, I realized it was not Eli he was talking about so then I assumed Cam Newton. A lot of things are questionable about Cam in the 2020 season. Will he play for the Panthers? A new team? Or will he as well fade off into the sunset? But again, I was wrong.

When it turned out to be the 28-year-old linebacker Luke Kuechly from the Carolina Panthers the news was worse than I expected. Luke has been the glue that has held the Panthers together for the past 8 years of his NFL career.

He is going out on the top of his career and while I am glad he is making the best decision for himself that doesn't make this retirement any easier to handle. Now I understand how Colts fans felt when Andrew Luck retired earlier on in the season.

Kuechly's 8 year NFL journey wasn't free from injury though. He has had right shoulder surgery and a torn labrum, but worst of all he suffered from 3 known concussions between 2015 and 2017. The most critical one being a Grade 3 concussion that he suffered from in 2016 playing a home game against the Saints. Grade 3 concussions are characterized as severe concussions and victims can experience amnesia and have difficulty with language.

This type of concussion can be a sign of mild brain damage so the fact he continued to play after that is extremely impressive. At the end of the day, he has to look out for himself. Knowing all of this though doesn't make his retirement any easier to accept as one of his biggest fans

Luke's retirement comes as a complete shock to all, but after watching his retirement announcement video you can tell that this decision didn't come easily for him. Honestly, when he cries and chokes up, you want to do the same. You can see by the way he plays and performs on and off the field that he has an immense love for the game. This is someone who gave his all to the game and knows himself well enough to step down when the time is right for him.

Do I smell a future Hall of Famer? I think so.

Kuechly was an unstoppable force on the field. He wraps up his career with 1,092 tackles, 18 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles, and 12.5 sacks. He also had 7 Pro Bowl nods and 7 All-Pro selections with 5 on the first team. To further boost his resume he was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. So basically Luke is the GOAT of linebackers.

Teammates and other players throughout the league took to social media to show support for Luke's retirement and some of their responses may make you weep.

On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers lost a captain, a teammate, and one of the best linebackers in the league. On Tuesday, fans lost one of the best players to have ever worn a Panthers jersey and will no longer be saying "LUUUUUUUUUUUUKE" from the stands. On Tuesday, we saw one of the greatest linebackers of all time retire from a sport he loves.

The Carolina Panthers said it best, "No one did it better."

Thank you Luke Kuechly for all the grace, tenacity, and passion you brought to the game of football.

Report this Content

Biden's Inauguration Signals A Time Of Healing After A Dark And Painful Period

Joe Biden's inauguration marks the beginning of a time of healing for America.


The day finally arrived. Joe Biden has been inaugurated and is now the 46th president of the United States of America. Kamala Harris has been sworn in as our country's new vice president. She is the first woman and the first person of color to fill the role. After years of fighting, frustration, and fear, this is a day of celebration. It's a day of hope as we look to the future. It's also a day of healing, as our collective wounds are still very fresh.

Keep Reading... Show less

Victory For LGBTQ Americans As The US Gains 6 New LGBTQ Government Representatives

Regardless of who is president, let's celebrate these huge victories for LGBTQ representation in various states' governments.


The presidential election was extremely stressful for us all, causing us to worry about who will win and what it means for the future. For many of us, this can mean the difference between life and death, especially for BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ communities who are at the mercy of homophobes and racists — many of whom are proud supporters of the color orange.

Instead of worrying whether I'll be sent to a conversion camp next year or not, I'd rather celebrate the much bigger and more important wins. There have been six representatives added to state governments this past election who are all a part of the LGBTQ community.

Keep Reading... Show less

Who Said It — Donald Trump Or A Villain From The Avatar Universe?

A hilarious and frightening game of who said it: Donald J. Trump or a villain from "Avatar: The Last Airbender" or "The Legend of Korra."

Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons; Nickelodeon

Have fun guessing whether outgoing President of the United States Donald J. Trump or a literal anime villain said each of these 26 quotes. To keep the answers a surprise (not being able to see the answer right below the quote), I will have all of the answers at the bottom of the page.

Keep Reading... Show less

Scotland Is The First Country To Make Menstrual Products Free, And The Rest Of The World Should Follow

The idea that they are a "luxury" that should be paid for (and taxed) is absurd because nobody chooses to have a period.


Scotland recently became the first country in the world to make menstrual products free to anyone that needs them, and the rest of the world needs to follow their lead. It is honestly sad that in the year 2020, there is only one nation that has passed a law to make period products free. The idea that they are a "luxury" that should be paid for (and taxed) is absurd because nobody chooses to have a period. It should not be seen as a luxury to have access to products that are a basic necessity.

Keep Reading... Show less

Candace Owens' Backwards Ideas Are Causing Damage, Not Harry Styles Wearing A Dress

Candace Owens thinks men wearing dresses are damaging to civilization, but it's her ideas that are the problem.


Androgyny is something that has always been part of culture. Since the beginning of time, gender expression has always been varied and expansive. However, as time went on, society forced particular roles onto certain genders. These sorts of gender roles have caused many to rebel against them, including artists and rock stars. Harry Styles seems to be the next one in line to rebel in this way.

Keep Reading... Show less

​If You Have An Issue With Harry Styles Wearing A Dress, This Is For You

Harry Styles, the first male to appear solo on the cover of Vogue in American history should be something celebrated, not denounced.


Harry Styles has consistently been catapulted into stardom for countless reasons such as, but not limited to: being an amazing artist and an all-around phenomenal human to admire. Renowned for leading his platform through kindness, acceptance, love, and self-expression. It is not a secret to anyone that follows Harry Styles that he upholds an eccentric sense of fashion. Harry Styles is a mogul for shifting the traditional gender fashion roles towards a more gender-neutral normative fashion. He leads this by rocking whatever fashion he wishes to express himself in and extending the same acceptance and kindness to others.

Keep Reading... Show less

Native Americans Might Have Been The Key To Turning Arizona Blue

Voter turnout hit records in this year's election, and it may have been the secret weapon for the Democrats.


The 2020 general election brought in more participants and voters than ever before, and in Arizona, an important chunk of the registered voter turnout was the Native community.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments