Luke Kuechly Retires from the NFL

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:45 pm    Post subject: Luke Kuechly Retires from the NFL

https://www.panthers.com/news/luke-kuechly-announces-retirement
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:16 pm    Post subject:

A guy destined for Canton in my book.
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A guy destined for Canton in my book.


He will get in. I have very little doubt about that. Won a DROY. Won a DPOY. Five-time All-Pro. In football, you don't have to have a long career to be a Hall of Famer if you were an incredible player over a relatively short period of time. This guy was a first-team All-Pro player in 5 of 8 years. I mean, Gale Sayers is in.

By the way, I think Patrick Willis has a very strong case for eventual enshrinement. Like Kuechly, he played 8 years. Like Kuechly, he was All-Pro 5 times. And like Kuechly, he was a DROY. He never won a DPOY, but their teams' records were very similar, they both played in a Super Bowl, and if you look on Football Reference, they are listed on the comparables list for each other most often.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:46 am    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
A guy destined for Canton in my book.


Sadly, a guy destined to be diagnosed with CTE. He frequently dealt with head injuries, and he probably played for too long, even though he is just 28.
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Wilt wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
A guy destined for Canton in my book.


Sadly, a guy destined to be diagnosed with CTE. He frequently dealt with head injuries, and he probably played for too long, even though he is just 28.

I wasn't a huge Junior Seau fan or anything, but he was such an incredible, indestructible force of nature on the field who awed me as a kid growing up watching the NFL and playing HS football (poorly). His suicide was the beginning of the end of my love of the sport.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:15 pm    Post subject:

ChickenStu wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
A guy destined for Canton in my book.


He will get in. I have very little doubt about that. Won a DROY. Won a DPOY. Five-time All-Pro. In football, you don't have to have a long career to be a Hall of Famer if you were an incredible player over a relatively short period of time. This guy was a first-team All-Pro player in 5 of 8 years. I mean, Gale Sayers is in.

By the way, I think Patrick Willis has a very strong case for eventual enshrinement. Like Kuechly, he played 8 years. Like Kuechly, he was All-Pro 5 times. And like Kuechly, he was a DROY. He never won a DPOY, but their teams' records were very similar, they both played in a Super Bowl, and if you look on Football Reference, they are listed on the comparables list for each other most often.

I'm all for it. It'd be a good sign that non-QBs can have HOF careers without completely destroying their bodies before hanging up their cleats.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:21 pm    Post subject:

ChickenStu wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
A guy destined for Canton in my book.


He will get in. I have very little doubt about that. Won a DROY. Won a DPOY. Five-time All-Pro. In football, you don't have to have a long career to be a Hall of Famer if you were an incredible player over a relatively short period of time. This guy was a first-team All-Pro player in 5 of 8 years. I mean, Gale Sayers is in.

By the way, I think Patrick Willis has a very strong case for eventual enshrinement. Like Kuechly, he played 8 years. Like Kuechly, he was All-Pro 5 times. And like Kuechly, he was a DROY. He never won a DPOY, but their teams' records were very similar, they both played in a Super Bowl, and if you look on Football Reference, they are listed on the comparables list for each other most often.


Yep...and he's another guy that retired "early". Playing ILB is no joke. It's arguably the position on defense that takes the most repeated freight train type shots.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:19 am    Post subject:

Wilt wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
A guy destined for Canton in my book.


Sadly, a guy destined to be diagnosed with CTE. He frequently dealt with head injuries, and he probably played for too long, even though he is just 28.


I agree.

Great player, hope he is able to live a normal life as he had numerous head injuries while playing.
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