Dec 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) looks back to the ref after a play against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Kuechly was one of the best linebackers of the past decade, making the Pro Bowl in seven of his eight years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

He ultimately decided to retire in his prime at the age of only 28 years old, citing health concerns as the reason for his abrupt decision in 2020.

While Kuechly was finished playing, it was clear that he wanted to stay around the sport. He took a scouting job with the Panthers in the 2020 NFL offseason.

But Kuechly abruptly left that role in Carolina last offseason, hinting that there are other things that he wanted to cross off his bucket list. He will now be able to cross yet another accomplishment off that list this upcoming season.

Reports have indicated that Kuechly will now be taking a new role with the Panthers, and it will be on the media side of sports this time around.

Kuechly is returning to the Panthers organization to be part of the radio broadcast for the team for “several games” this upcoming season.

Many were excited reading the first part of Rapoport’s tweet, only to be upset to hear that Kuechly wasn’t returning to the football field.

While he is remaining retired from the NFL, many Panthers fans are excited to hear that Kuechly will be putting his excellent football mind to use in the broadcast booth.

Kuechly will be joining play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff along with former Panthers players Jordan Gross and Jake Delhomme in the broadcast booth.

This is the latest former player to take a role in media, something that has been more and more prevalent over the years.

While many would be more excited to see Kuechly back on the football field for Carolina, he will surely provide some great insight for Panthers fans while in the booth this upcoming season.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.