November 24, 2020 (updated)
Photo: Alex Cason
It’s still hard to believe Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his retirement back on January 14, 2020. The Panthers defense hasn’t been the same since. A former Defensive Player of the Year, seven-time Pro Bowler, and five-time first-team All-Pro, Kuechly’s commitment to the game and athletic ability made him one of the best middle linebackers in recent NFL history.
While his humble off-field demeanor was Clark Kent-like, on the field, he was nothing short of a superhero. During his eight-year career, no linebacker recorded more tackles, pass breakups, and interceptions than Kuechly.
NFL Films, the film production company of the National Football League, released a 12-minute tribute to the Panthers legend (now team scout), detailing his diligence over his stellar career.
The video will make you want to shout Luuuuuke, one more time.
10 months ago, Luke Kuechly put his health first and hung up his jersey.
His legacy as a student of the game is a reminder for all others striving for greatness. @Panthers pic.twitter.com/mTYDSD1Q1d
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 19, 2020