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