Panthers’ David Tepper speaks out on Luke Kuechly’s surprising retirement
The news of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly deciding to retire has shocked the NFL world. Kuechly, who was drafted by the Panthers with the ninth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, has been one of the best defensive players in the league for the past eight seasons.
Kuechly announced his retirement on Tuesday stating health reasons for his decision.
Panthers owner David Tepper spoke about the star linebacker’s retirement via Max Henson.
“While I wish we could have him for many more years, he has done everything the right way and we respect the decision he’s made,” Tepper said. “Luke is a once-in-a-generation player and someone we want every member of this organization to emulate.”
Tepper has been the Panthers’ owner since May of 2018, and with an estimated net worth of $11.6 billion, is the NFL’s wealthiest owner.
In Kuechly’s eight seasons in Carolina, the Boston College product recorded over 1,000 tackles, made seven Pro Bowl appearances, was named to the All-Pro First Team five times and was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 in just his second season.
Unfortunately, concussions and various other injuries have hindered Kuechly throughout his career. The All-Pro linebacker has had at least three concussions during his career while also suffering serious shoulder and labrum injuries during his career.
Kuechly’s retirement leaves the Panthers and new defensive coordinator, Phil Snow, without his best player going into the 2020 season.