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Panthers LB Kuechly retiring after 8 seasons in NFL

 FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Charlotte, N.C. With today's volcanic offenses, can't-hit-'em-too-hard rules and befuddled officials, linebackers aren't snarling 250-pound thumpers starring in running backs' nightmares anymore. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File) (Source: Mike McCarn)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Charlotte, N.C. With today's volcanic offenses, can't-hit-'em-too-hard rules and befuddled officials, linebackers aren't snarling 250-pound thumpers starring in running backs' nightmares anymore. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File) (Source: Mike McCarn) (WNDU)
Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 9:51 PM EST
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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.

The 28-year-old Kuechly made the surprising announcement on the team’s website. Kuechly said he felt it was time to “move on.”

Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first- team All-Pro five times. He suffered three concussions during his career, which may have contributed to his decision.

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1/14/2020 9:37:33 PM (GMT -5:00)

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