Panthers' Luke Kuechly announces shock retirement from NFL

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Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on Tuesday announced his shock retirement from the NFL at the age of 28.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Kuechly revealed his decision Tuesday following eight seasons in the league.

Kuechly, picked No. 9 in the 2012 NFL Draft, finishes his career with 1,092 tackles — the most in the league since he was drafted — and 18 interceptions. He was also part of the 2015 team that reached the Super Bowl, and he helped the Panthers claim three NFC South titles.

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"I think now is the right chance for me to move on," Kuechly said. "It makes me sad because I love playing this game, I've played it since I was a kid. It's my favorite thing in the world to do."

Panthers owner David Tepper added: "Beyond his extraordinary performance on the field, Luke has had a tremendous impact on this organization and region. In my two seasons with Luke, I quickly recognized how special of a person he is. The respect he gives and garners from others as well as the positive impact he has on his peers is second to none."

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