Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement from NFL – National Football League after eight seasons citing personal reasons and health issues.

The 28-year-old announced the surprising news in an emotional video on social media calling it a ‘right thing to do’ and the physical challenges associated with the demanding sports of American Football.

Though not specifically mentioned, Kuechly’s three concussions over the years may have led to the decision. He suffered a particularly severe concussion in 2016 after a collision with a Saints player that sparked a fierce debate regarding players’ safety and well-being in Soccer.

After debuting in 2012, former Boston college athlete ends his career with 1,092 tackles – most for any athlete in this timeline- and helped Panthers claim three NFC titles and the 2015 Super Bowl as well.

Panthers owner David Tepper said that he respected the footballer’s decision but wished that he had played with them for several more years calling him ‘a once-in-a-generation player’.

Tributes poured in from current and former Panthers and other NFL personalities lauding the illustrious career and wishing him best of luck in his future endeavors.

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