Now the question: Is Luke Kuechly a Hall of Famer? Here's one historian's take

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Clark Judge

Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly stunned the Panthers – and the NFL for that matter – Tuesday when he announced his retirement at the age of 28.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Kuechly admitted his decision was difficult. But the Panthers' star has endured a run of concussions, head trauma and shoulder injuries that no doubt played a role in his unexpected exit.

“In my heart,” he said in a video released by the Panthers, “I know it’s the right thing to do.”

Kuechly becomes the latest NFL star to retire at an early age, joining Rob Gronkowski, Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson and Patrick Willis as high-profile players who left the NFL before their 31st birthdays.

The question now, of course, is: Did he do enough in his eight years of play to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame? It’s a question that NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal addresses … and answers … while recapping the greatness of Kuechly’s career. And you can read it here:

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brian wolf
brian wolf

He and Willis will get in, but not on first ballot.

I believe he will reunite with Rivera in Washington if they obtain his rights.

bachslunch
bachslunch

Yes, Luke Kuechly definitely gets in. His honors of 6/7/10s? will be too good to pass up despite his playing only eight years. His career ended up being very similar to Patrick Willis (5/7/10s?), who should also get in after a few years wait.

Clark Judge
Clark Judge

Editor

Wouldn't be surprised if Kuechly makes it on first ballot. I won't be on board then, but there's such a rush to induct guys he'll probably go in on first try.

WMcCoy
WMcCoy

It may be just me, and I understand football careers are shorter, but if a player only has 8 seasons, I'd probably make him wait a few years to get my vote


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