There's no doubt about it: Luke Kuechly is one of the greatest Carolina Panthers of all time. The former linebacker gave his heart and soul to the organization through 118 games over an eight-season run. Kuechly embodied what it meant to be a Panther, which is why it made sense for the team to hire him as a scout ahead of the 2020 NFL season. After all, who better to find the next generation of players for Carolina than one of the best?
However, after just one season in the role, Kuechly left his scouting job with the Panthers organization back in April. Nobody really knew why for the longest time, but team reporter Joe Person revealed the reason on Thursday.
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Person reported that Kuechly wants to spend more time hunting and fishing during his retirement, which is tough since the best time to do that is in the fall and that's when the NFL is getting started. The former Carolina great also added that he's done playing football and will take his time to "see what pops up."
At the end of the day, you can't blame Kuechly for wanting to enjoy his retirement. He left his heart and soul on the field throughout his time in the league. He finished his NFL career with 1,092 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and 7 forced fumbles. Kuechly also received 7 Pro Bowl selections and 5 All-Pro honors, which goes to show how widely respected he was by his peers and fans alike.
Unfortunately, the Panthers aren't getting a lot of respect themselves this season. FanDuel Sportsbook has them with the 8th-worst odds to win the Super Bowl at +7000. Hopefully, the Panthers can prove oddsmakers wrong to a certain extent, and give Kuechly something to cheer about in his continued retirement.
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