Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his retirement from the NFL after just 8 seasons.  The 28-year-old released a statement in the form of a video posted on the team’s social media accounts.

The team had a very disappointing season, but Kuechly wasn’t show many signs of slowing down.  He had 144 tackles on the season, which was highest total since 2014.

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Flip the Page to see Kuechly’s announcement: